For the first time all season, the Houston Texans head into a game with two regular contributors ruled out due to injuries. As of now, it appears neither WR Lestar Jean (knee), nor S Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm) will be playing Monday night against the New York Jets. Demps was injured during the Texans’ 38-14 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans last weekend while Jean will be missing his second straight game.
Fortunately for the Texans, while both Demps and Jean contribute and see significant playing time, neither is a starter or a huge impact player. From this perspective, the Texans can manage without both while they heal. However, the Texans have an additional fifteen players banged up with injuries that could at the very least affect their play Monday night.
The only Texan with a questionable status is RB Ben Tate (toe). The remaining fourteen players are listed as probable and baring some last minute setback should be on the field full go against the Jets. These players include RB Arian Foster (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (groin), TE Owen Daniels (thigh), LG Wade Smith (knee), RG Antoine Caldwell (ankle/knee), C Chris Myers (back), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), NT Shaun Cody (back), OLB Bryan Braman (hamstring/neck), OLB Jesse Nading (foot), ILB Mister Alexander (hip), ILB Brandie James (thigh), ILB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), and S Shiloh Keo (neck).
All NFL teams and their players go through bumps and bruises throughout the course of a 16-game season, but having nearly a third of your team with injuries severe enough to inform on an official injury report is concerning. Since only two players are missing Monday’s game, it’s probably safe to assume that for now most of these injuries aren’t very serious. Still, given the Texans recent history with injuries, it at least should make fans a bit uneasy.
On the Jets side, the team was informed earlier this week that WR Santonio Holmes (foot) would be out the remainder of the season, joining CB Darrelle Revis (knee). Additionally, the Jets are unlikely to play RB John Conner (hamstring), WR Stephen Hill (hamstring), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), and DL Sione Pouha (back) Monday night due to their doubtful injury status.
As opposed to the Texans, the Jets’ injuries are significant. With an already struggling offense, QB Mark Sanchez will be without his #1 and #2 WRs and his top TE in Keller, who may be Sanchez’s favorite target overall. The Texans defense will have yet another chance at a dominant performance against the injury-riddled Jets offense.
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