Houston Texans at Ravens: 2017 Week 12: Injury Report Analysis

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Jimmy Smith
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Jimmy Smith /

The Houston Texans twisting saga of their 4-6 season thus far continues and here’s some injuries to keep your eye on.

The Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens will be taking the field Monday night, 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, Hand

RB Alfred Blue, Hamstring

T Chris Clark, Knee

OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney, Ankle

ILB Dylan Cole, Hamstring

T Julién Davenport, Shoulder

WR Bruce Ellington, Ribs

WR Will Fuller, Ribs

S Andre Hal, Knee

DE Joel Heath, Illness/Knee

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Foot

CB Kareem Jackson, Shoulder

ILB Jelani Jenkins, Hand

CB Kevin Johnson, Concussion

C/G Greg Mancz, Shoulder

WR Chris Thompson, Knee

Davenport, Fuller and Mancz are OUT.  Allen, Blue, Clark, Ellington, Hal, Heath, Hopkins, Jackson, Jenkins, Johnson and Thompson are PROBABLE.

Houston Texans’ Tidbits:

DeAndre Hopkins:  Our star wide out has suffered a foot injury but it’s not serious enough for him to miss time out on the field.  He was limited in practice earlier this week but practiced in full Saturday indicating that he’s a go for Monday.  It’ll be interesting to see how effective he is with this foot injury, especially if Jimmy Smith is available to play.

Dylan Cole:  The undrafted rookie has practiced in full all week and will be returning back to the field for the first time in four weeks after suffering a sprain to his hamstring off a return for an interception against the Cleveland Browns.  It will be terrific to see him back on the field and I’d imagine they’ll work him in slowly and gradually increase his playing time over the next weeks.  Cole truly was one of the diamonds in the rough that the Houston Texans were able to get during draft season.  He has paid tremendous dividends in the role that he has accepted and plays.

Will Fuller:  This is the third-straight game that Fuller has missed as a result of cracked ribs off a errant Tom Savage throw into traffic to the second-year wide out.  It’s best that the Texans proceed with caution with his injury as he’s not needed at this moment for us to be competitive.  I don’t want him returning until he’s fully healthy and there’s no need to rush his recovery as we’re not contending for anything at this moment.

Chris Thompson:  The undrafted rookie wide out/special teams guru will be ready to return back to the field this Monday.  He had to exit last week’s game because of him re-injuring his knee that has been giving him problems for the past few weeks.  His 22.7 yards per kick return is eye-opening and better than what anybody has produced on this team so far.  It will be a pleasure to have him back into the fold.

And here’s the injury report for the Baltimore Ravens:

G Jermaine Eluemunor, Shoulder

T Austin Howard, Knee

WR Jeremy Maclin, Not Injury Related

LB C.J. Mosley, Ankle

CB Jimmy Smith, Achilles

LB Terrell Suggs, Ankle

T Ronnie Stanley, Concussion

RB Terrance West, Calf

Eluemunor has been ruled OUT.  Howard, Mosley, Smith, Suggs, Stanley and West have been ruled as QUESTIONABLE.  Maclin is PROBABLE.  

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Baltimore Ravens Tidbits:

Terrell Suggs:  The veteran, hopefully a future Hall of Famer linebacker, injured his ankle in practice Thursday and was limited in Friday’s practice.  He was also limited in Saturday’s practice and has been ruled as QUESTIONABLE.  I’d expect him to be available and help out with their fierce pass rush but if not, Za’Darius Smith will have to be at the ready to take over for the 14-year veteran.

Jimmy Smith:  To say Smith is having a terrific season is an understatement but the veteran has been dealing with an Achilles’ injury since Week 4 and has yet to miss a game.  With he still turning in positive performances game after game is nothing short of amazing.  He did not practice earlier this week but did practice Saturday so he’ll likely be a go against Hopkins, his likely match up.  Just in case anything fouls up at the last minute, Maurice Canady will have some large shoes to fill.

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The Houston Texans hit the road to take on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.

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

Go Houston Texans.