The Houston Texans might have a new quarterback starting today in Kyle Allen, but the team is still not going to be playing two of its newest acquisitions. That makes their waiver claims just a bit weird as the season enters the home stretch.
Both Eno Benjamin and Amari Rodgers were acquired by the Houston Texans off waivers and it was thought that they were both signed to tryout for next season’s team but also to help the players that are lining up this year with the wear and tear of the NFL season. Especially Benjamin when it comes to Dameon Pierce’s workload.
However, the Houston Texans announced on Sunday morning that both Benjamin and Rodgers are among the team’s inactive for its game against the Miami Dolphins. They’ll join tight end Brevin Jordan, defensive back Derek Stingley, linebacker Garrett Wallow, and defensive linemen Thomas Booker and Austin Deculus on the inactive list.
Most of those players are inactive due to various injuries, thought it’s not thought that either Rodgers or Benjamin are hurt. It appears they’re not playing more because they aren’t ready to run Pep Hamilton’s offense just yet.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins announced their inactives for the game against the Houston Texans as well:
- QB Teddy Bridgewater
- CB Noah Igbinoghene
- TE Hunter Long
- WR Erik Ezukanma
- RB Raheem Mostert
Among that group, Mostert stands out as he’s been the ‘Fins starting running back this season and has rushed for 543 yards this season. In his place, Jeff Wilson, who has less than 200 yards on the ground in 2022, is expected to get the bulk of the carries this afternoon.
Now that we know who’s not playing, it’s time to tuck in, watch the game and hope that the Houston Texans can find a way to pull off the upset against the Miami Dolphins.