The Houston Texans have injuries that could impact the outcome of their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Houston Texans prevailed against a tough Buffalo Bills team that lost a 16 point lead against the 2019 AFC South division champions and were eliminated in overtime. The Texans had several injuries occur during the game, and other players miss due to ongoing injuries.
Tight end Jordan Akins is a limited participant in practice for a second straight week with a hamstring injury, and wide receiver Will Fuller has also been limited with a groin injury. Akins has been a great second option as a receiving option on the depth chart, but fullback Cullen Gillaspia looked well as the H-back role that Akins assumes in the offense.
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The Texans are optimistic that Fuller could make his return against the Chiefs after missing the last two games nursing a groin injury he sustained against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Having Fuller back into the fold would give the Texans three reliable receivers along with DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills, who has been a limited participant in practice with a knee injury.
Right tackle Chris Clark appears to be ready to play against the Chiefs after being pulled late against the Bills with a concussion and has been a full participant in practice.
On defense, veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph is limited with a hamstring injury since Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans.
Texans played without Joseph in the cornerback rotation, with Gareon Conley taking part in all 85 snaps in the defense. The secondary is banged up with Jahleel Addae (knee), Keion Crossen (hamstring), and A.J. Moore (hip).
Pass rushers J.J. Watt (shoulder) and Jacob Martin (illness) were limited in practice this Thursday. They will be relied on against the Kansas City Chiefs after they were pivotal in the wildcard, changing the outcome of the game against the Bills by making plays when the team needed them.