Houston Texans’ secondary will need to step up with Bradley Roby being ruled out for their Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Bradley Roby will not be making the trip along with Tytus Howard and Greg Mancz as the Houston Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 7. Roby was one of the main additions in free agency after T.Y. Hilton’s ample history of having success against the Texans’ secondary.
Hilton had five receptions for 85 yards in their last encounter in the wild card round of the playoffs. Roby is one of the fastest cornerbacks the Texans have that can stay step for step with the faster receivers in the league.
The Texans are optimistic that cornerback Johnathan Joseph can return to the starting lineup after being a late scratch in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs as he dealt with a hamstring injury. Joseph making the team trip to Indianapolis is an excellent sign as he will have an opportunity to test it out before the game starts.
Outside of Joseph, Texans will likely have Lonnie Johnson, Keion Crossen, Phillip Gaines, and Xavier Crawford active for their divisional matchup against the Colts. Hilton hasn’t broken the 100-yard mark once this season as he’s dealt with a quad injury, but he has 24 receptions, 232 receiving yards, and four touchdown receptions through five games.
However, having a bye week to rest in Week 5 will help Hilton’s case as he works to get back to the form he was before the injury. It will be a collective effort to keep Hilton in check, but the Texans have enough firepower to hold their own on defense after their impressive performance against the Chiefs in Week 6.