Houston Texans offense in for reinforcements after bye week
By Jair Lopez
The Houston Texans’ offense could be bringing several players back into the fold with no game scheduled with the upcoming Bye Week.
Injuries have played a factor in Houston Texans’ first half of the season, but they are 6-3 heading into the bye week. The offense, in particular, has dealt with its fair share of injuries with Senio Kelemete, Jordan Thomas, Kahale Warring, Seantrel Henderson, and Lamar Miller placed on the injured reserve or non-football injury list throughout the season.
Houston, along with the other 31 NFL teams, can bring back two players from the injured reserve after the players have met the eight week time requirement on the IR. Given the players that are available to be reinstated to the roster, Thomas, Warring, or possibly Kelemete are the candidates that could make their return this season.
Although it would make more sense for the Texans to recall Thomas so Warring can continue to redshirt for the remainder of his rookie season and bolster their offensive line depth with the return of Kelemete. The Texans’ injuries have trickled down to their offensive line with every starter missing a game except for Nick Martin and Max Scharping.
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil who dealt with a shoulder injury and Greg Mancz, who has been dealing with a concussion, could benefit from this upcoming bye week. Houston has played several games without their number two option at wide receiver in Will Fuller due to a hamstring injury.
Both offensive linemen, along with Fuller, have an additional week to get their bodies right before the Texans host the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) in Week 11.
Given that the best-case scenario works out in the Texans favor, several players could make their return to the starting lineup against the Ravens, and Houston could realistically bring back at least one player from their injured reserve by their next game.