Week 2 Injury Report: Houston Texans Vs. Oakland Raiders


Wow!  Week 1 was definitely one for the books for the Houston Texans!

It had been nearly a year since the team was able to get a win during the regular season and with that on the line the team willed themselves to victory.

Although the team did not fire on all cylinders, they were impressive enough to raise some brows.

It was unfortunate to hear the news of the injury of Jadeveon Clowney who had worked so hard during the preseason and during this game to do his part.

He will be missed but hopefully he will back before they reach the midpoint of the schedule where a full staff will be needed to get those coveted wins.

For the Texans, here are the players that are listed on the injury report:

Of the 19 people listed on the list, only three have been ruled out for Sunday’s match up against the Oakland Raiders.  Those three are:  Clowney, Fiedorowicz and Keo.

Clowney underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee this past Monday and is expected to miss four to six weeks as he recovers.  He injured himself while trying to make a play on Robert Griffin III in the second quarter in Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Bill O’Brien did not give too much details on the surgery but just said that he thinks it went well.

"“I’m not a doctor … so I don’t know,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium Monday. “It was just something. They went in there and tried to fix it and it seems like it went well.”"

He also mentioned that it was now time for those that are healthy to step in his absence.

"“I think I’ve said it, like, three times now: The next guy steps up,” O’Brien said. “That’s why you have a roster. … I’ve had four questions about Jadeveon Clowney and nobody’s asked me about Brooks Reed.”"

It’s expected that LB’s Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus will cover for Clowney while he’s absent.

With the way Reed played last Sunday, I’m extremely excited to see what he can do out on the field.  He had perhaps one of the best games I’ve seen him play since the start of the career here with the Texans.

Mercilus has underachieved at his position and needs to really make an effort in Clowney’s stead to show why he’s a first-round draft pick.

Reed had five tackles, one assist and one sack with one of those tackles resulting in a loss of 12 yards.

Mercilus’ name didn’t even appear on the stat sheet.

J.J. Watt has missed the past couple of practices this week because of his ankle and feeling under the weather; but don’t worry fans, he will be ready to go Sunday afternoon.

ESPN’s Tania Ganguli so much as said so:

Keo is suffering from a calf injury and missed his third consecutive practice.

According to O’Brien, C.J. Fiedorowicz is suffering an injury of his foot and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game and is considered day-to-day.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain confirms:

And here’s the injury report for the Raiders:

Of the six players listed, Chekwa will likely play, Jones-Drew, Maiava, McCants and Roach are questionable and Jones has been ruled out.

Jones-Drew is the No. 1 running back on the depth chart for the Raiders; and if he cannot go, Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray, their sixth-round pick from last year will be ready to go.  Murray had a solid preseason performance and is now the team’s No. 1 kick returner.

Jones-Drew had a minor procedure done on his hand earlier this week, he told ESPN’s Bill Williamson that he does not feel any pain but he’s just waiting for the swelling to go down.  He had a bandage near his ring finger.

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Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen felt that Jones-Drew’s injury wasn’t too much of a big deal.

"“I’m still confident we will be able to run the ball,” Allen said."

Chekwa, Maiava, McCants are the primary backups at their positions and Roach is the starter at middle linebacker.  Jones is way down the depth chart so I’m sure they’ll take their time in bringing him along.

I’m sure this is a smoke-and-mirrors method that the Raiders coaching staff are deploying to throw O’Brien’s offensive schemes off.

Regardless, the team will be ready to go for whatever is thrown at them.

And there you have it, there are some key injuries for this week on both sides but they’re still quite minimal going into Sunday’s game.

The Texans head out west to take on the Raiders at O.co Coliseum — kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. CDT.  The game will be televised on CBS and will be broadcast on 610 SportsRadio AM/100.3 (KILT).

Go Texans!