The Houston Texans defense will have a great advantage with both Tennessee Titans offensive tackles ruled out for Sunday, but the lineup of the Texans isn’t set either for Week 2.
Injuries have hit the Tennessee Titans hard as Sunday gets ever so closer for Week 2 as the Houston Texans are ready to face their AFC South rival. The Titans will be without both starting offensive tackles in left tackle Taylor Lewan and right tackle Jack Conklin due to injuries. Also from the looks of things the Titans will be using two quarterbacks on Sunday with both Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles gaining playing time. Plus, tight end Delanie Walker is out for the season after a Week 1 injury.
Here are a look at headlines one day before the Texans take on the Titans in Nashville on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
• Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com quoted Titans head coach (and former Texans defensive coordinator) Mike Vrabel about his current quarterback situation.
"“(He’s) trying,” Vrabel said of Mariota. “We are evaluating. We anticipate both of those guys playing in the game, OK? We are going to have to do a lot of things to win this football game, and I would anticipate both of those guys playing at some point and time.”"
Even if it is planned how well does having some sort of quarterback rotation really work? Granted, this is necessary because of Mariota being listed on the injury report this week with elbow issues following his injury last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Maybe for the sake of the Titans they should gear more to having Gabbert in the lineup more this weekend, especially with injuries to their offensive line.
• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on the injury report Friday for the Texans and it has both DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller both listed as questionable for Sunday. Wilson wrote the following about the wide receivers:
"“Both are expected to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Both were limited all week in practice.”"
The great thing is both are expected to play Sunday, but on the other hand for the Texans this is something that must be watched because both hamstring (Fuller) and foot (Hopkins) injuries can flare up anything in day-to-day life, but probably even easier during a competitive NFL game. Keep an eye on both wide receivers and how their health holds up in Week 2. Both will be needed if the Texans want to leave Nashville with a win.
• Jake Rose of AthlonSports.com gave a preview and prediction for the Texans at Titans game for Sunday, including watching the Texans’ offensive line:
"“So the offensive line that was so badly beaten last year, and allegedly fixed in the offseason, has already faltered and been shuffled before the horn on Week 1 sounded …”"
Both offensive lines are hurting for different reasons, but it is very simple for Sunday when it comes to the Texans o-line, they must play better than they have in not just Week 1. If they don’t quarterback Deshaun Watson will never get into a groove and his high level of play is what the offense needs for the Texans to have success.
• Tweet of the Day
Domanick Williams played three seasons for the Texans after being a fourth round pick in 2003. In 40 games (36 starts) Williams rushed for 3,195 yards on 770 carries. He also finished with 23 touchdowns.
Williams in his rookie season rushed for 1,031 yards with eight touchdowns, and followed that with 1,188 yards in 2004 with 13 touchdowns. For his career, Williams averaged 4.1 yards per carry and became a fan favorite of the team.