Houston Texans vs Titans: 2017 Week 4 Injury Report Analysis

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6: Avery Williamson
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6: Avery Williamson /

The story of the 2017 season continues with the Houston Texans taking on the Tennessee Titans this week with some injuries to boot.

The Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans will be taking the field Sunday, here’s a few injuries that you need to know about.

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

G Jeff Allen, Ankle

RB Alfred Blue, Ankle

CB Marcus Burley, Knee

OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney, Ankle

S Kurtis Drummond, Shoulder

NT Brandon Dunn, Knee

RB Tyler Ervin, Shoulder

WR Will Fuller, Shoulder

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Knee

CB Kareem Jackson, Hamstring

CB Kevin Johnson, Knee

CB Johnathan Joseph, Shoulder

C/G Greg Mancz, Knee

OLB Whitney Mercilus, Hip

NT D.J. Reader, Knee

G Xavier Su’a-Filo, Knee

DE J.J. Watt, Finger

Johnson and Mancz are OUT.  Burley is QUESTIONABLE.  Allen, Blue, Clowney, Drummond, Dunn, Ervin, Fuller, Hopkins, Jackson, Joseph, Mercilus, Reader, Su’a-Filo and Watt are PROBABLE.

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Houston Texans’ Tidbits:

Will FullerThe second-year wide receiver — albeit limited — returned to practice last week, giving some indication that he’ll be returning to the field earlier than expected.  He had been ruled out for Sunday but there was some indication that he’d be returning to the field earlier than later.  He practiced in full this week, paving the way for his return for the first time since the 2016 AFC Divisional Game.  His presence certainly gives us an explosive weapon on offense and hopefully the deep ball will prove fruitful come Sunday’s match up.  It’s just good to see him back.

Greg Mancz:  Mancz apparently injured his knee against the Pats and did not practice after seeing some limited action this past Wednesday.  Since he has been ruled out, Jeff Allen will return back to the field for the first time since Week 1 after dealing with a high-ankle sprain for the past couple of weeks.  He will start at right guard.  This is for his opportunity for him to shine because he’s been quite lackluster in his stay with the Texans thus far.  He currently is in his second year of a four-year, $28 million deal he signed ahead of last season.  Mancz has contributed mightily to the offensive line although his play as of late has been slightly below par.  We’ll see how long he’s out.

And here’s the injury report for the Tennessee Titans:

DT Jurrell Casey, Groin

S Jonathan Cyprien, Hamstring

WR Corey Davis, Hamstring

LB Erik Walden, Groin

TE Delanie Walker, Hamstring

Cyprien and Davis have been ruled OUT.  Casey is listed as QUESTIONABLE.  Walden and Walker are PROBABLE.

Tennessee Titans Tidbits:

Corey Davis:  The rookie receiver has been on and off the training table since camp after suffering a hamstring injury during that span.  It has been a mired start for him so we’ll be seeing Eric Decker start in his place, who hasn’t particularly played all that well this season.  Decker has caught 10 balls for 91 yards and no touchdowns on the season thus far.

Jonathan Cyprien:  This guy stays on the injured list.  You can call me crazy but every time we’re due to face him, he’s out with some type of malady.  He did appear in their Week 1 match up against the Oakland Raiders, where he amassed four tackles.  He too is dealing with a hamstring injury and Da’Norris Searcy who has played subpar at best with three tackles, one interception and one pass defensed through three games — two starts — for the Titans at free safety.

Jurrell Casey:  Casey was a late add to the list after suffering a groin injury in practice likely Thursday.  The solid-playing defensive tackle was injured just two weeks with a back injury and now he’s got the groin that he’s dealing with.  If Casey can’t go, Karl Klug will get the start.  He too has played satisfactory at the interior defender position, garnering 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the early goings this season.  Casey has 44 tackles and 5.0 sacks on the season so far and is, of course, one of their top pass-rushers.

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The Houston Texans are back at home to face the Titans at NRG Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for noon CDT.

The game will be televised on CBS and broadcast on 610 SportsRadio AM/100.3 FM (KILT) & ESPN Deportes 1180 (KGOL) in Spanish.

Go Houston Texans.