Houston Texans Inactives: Guess who’s back, back again

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Houston Texans are taking on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday (albeit an hour later than normal) and for the first time in a long time, the inactives list for your favorite squad isn’t a mile long. There’s some good news and bad news to come along with that.

One reason why the inactives list is a bit shorter than what we’ve seen in recent weeks is that another player was put on the IR this week. Players in the Injured Reserve don’t appear on the Houston Texans’ inactive list because it’s already known they aren’t playing. That’s why you won’t see Nico Collins’s name on the list. He’s done for the year. Same with Dameon Pierce and Derek Stingley Jr.

One name isn’t on the list because he’s finally back. After there being some rumors that he might actually return against the Chiefs, that didn’t come to pass.

However, this week, Brandin Cooks will officially play against the Titans whenever the Houston Texans finally get to kick off. The addition of the team’s top receiver comes as they’re trying to finally pull off an upset after two straight weeks of coming oh so close. The win today would have the added bonus of making Titans’ fans wonder if their squad will make the playoffs.

Houston Texans Inactives vs. Tennessee Titans

  • QB Kyle Allen
  • DB Cobi Francis
  • OL Kenyon Green
  • TE O.J. Howard
  • DL Mario Addison

Tennesee Titans Inactives vs. Houston Texans

  • QB Ryan Tannehill
  • DB John Reid
  • CB Kristian Fulton
  • DB Josh Thompson
  • DB Amani Hooker
  • LB Dylan Cole
  • DE Mario Edwards

It’s not hard to find the biggest name on the Titans’ inactives list. Ryan Tannehill is still out and that means that Malik Willis will get the start.

This isn’t his first action of the season so his butterflies might be less than you’d normally see out of a young quarterback making a big start. However, he also hasn’t been very good, completing just 44 percent of his passes this season.

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With Davis Mills having Brandin Cooks to throw to again, the Titans reeling and starting their backup, it feels like this is the best chance in a long time for the Houston Texans to get their second win of the season.