The term “out for the season” doesn’t mean much come week 17, what it does mean though is that the Texans need to find players to replace these guys for the last game of the season. Yesterday, the Texans announced that Johnathan Joseph (torn ligament in toe), Deji Karim (broken collarbone), and Brad Smelley (torn calf muscle) are all out for the season. Joseph and Karim were officially placed on Injured Reserve today.
Joseph, 29, finishes the season with 3 interceptions and 16 pass deflections, the most he’s had as a member of the Texans. Joseph has been hampered with injuries the last two seasons and there’s a big difference in his play when he’s 100% healthy or even just a bit banged up. Brice “Easy Catch” McCain will get the start opposite Kareem Jackson for the Texans finale. Joseph is due $7.5 million next season and is signed through the 2015 season.
Wade Phillips has yet to name a starting quarterback for Sunday’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. Case Keenum and Matt Schaub are the two candidates to start after Phillips admitted it’s unlikely we see T.J. Yates start this week. Bummer.
The Texans will be on their fifth starting running back of the season this coming Sunday. Jonathan Grimes will get his first career start, just two weeks after signing with the Texans. Dennis Johnson is questionable with a hip injury and may not be able to go. Deji Karim, the team’s backup running back this past week, broke his collarbone in the loss to the Denver Broncos and is officially done for the season.
The Texans signed Toben Opurum off Chiefs’ practice squad according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Opurum is a FB/TE and will replace the injured Brad Smelley. The Texans also signed RB Ray Graham to replace Deji Karim. Graham will either be the #2 or #3 back this week, depending on the status of Dennis Johnson.