LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)
S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)
T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.
Arian Foster returned from a groin injury and caught a 15-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play. He then carried for two yards and three yards before Ryan Mallett was picked off. On the day, Foster gained 10 yards on eight carries, and three passes for 25 yards. Physically, both Foster and O'Brien were positive about the Pro Bowler's health.
"I came out fine," Foster said.
The head coach reiterated that on Monday, saying Foster "should be ready" for the Thursday-nighter against Indianapolis.
Foster was a risky start and unfortunately for owners the game dictated how much Foster played. When it got out of hand, there was no point in keeping him out there. The Texans hope this week is a different story and perhaps now that Foster got his feet wet, he'll take on more of a workload in Week 5's Thursday night game.
“He’s our starting quarterback,” O’Brien said Monday. “We all have to do better. Ryan has to play better. We have to coach better. I believe Mallett understands that.”
“Losing like that is never going to be acceptable,” O’Brien said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure that never happens again. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we improve. We have to make an honest assessment. I have to coach better.
“We have to cut down on turnovers, catch the ball better, tackle better, eliminate penalties. Those are some of the things we have to improve on. I know many players took responsibility and I appreciate that.”Ryan Mallett played on nine series and failed to generate a point. He threw an interception the Falcons turned into a touchdown. Brian Hoyer entered down 42-0 and led three touchdown drives."
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Texans QB Ryan Mallett (chest, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Mallett is a decent desperation option given the likelihood that the Texans fall behind early against the Falcons.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Related Players: Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer completed 4/8 passes to DeAndre Hopkins for 39 yards and a touchdown. Mallett completed 5/5 passes to Hopkins for 59 yards and a touchdown. He also found Hopkins for a two-point conversion and the receiver drew a 15-yard pass interference penalty on another Mallett attempt. It's a small sample size, but it doesn't appear that there will be any "drop off" from Hoyer to Mallett as far as Hopkins is concerned.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien is keeping his team's quarterback controversy alive.
O'Brien has a good idea of who his starting quarterback will be for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, but he isn't sharing that information.
"You'll have to wait until the first offensive play of the Carolina game to see who the quarterback will be," O'Brien said.
Hoyer completed 18-of-34 passes Sunday with one touchdown and one interception and was sacked four times. Mallett entered the game with the Texans trailing 27-9. He threw a touchdown and a two-point conversion and then led a field goal drive. The Texans could not recover an onside kick with less than two minutes remaining, which would have given them the opportunity to tie the game.
Mallett finished 8-for-13 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
O'Brien declined to evaluate each player's performance. He also declined to give the reason for benching Hoyer.
"There were other guys that we substituted for," O'Brien said. "Every decision is made in the best interest of the team that we think will ... give us the best chance to win the game."
Hopefully this is a situation all fantasy owners can stay away from. No matter who the starter is, it will be a tough matchup against the Panthers defense.
Saturday, September 5, 2015, 6:07pm
The injury will not need surgery, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said.
Savage suffered the injury when he was sacked in the fourth quarter in Arlington, Texas. Until then Savage completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 135 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The second-year quarterback was set to be the Texans' third quarterback behind starter Brian Hoyer and backup Ryan Mallett.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:34pm
“As an offense, you have to come together so everyone is on the same page as far as communication and calls — those types of things,” Hoyer said. “There’s a lot that goes into playing quarterback, especially in this offense, so you know you try to get it all right and get your team in the right play.”
Hoyer is excited to begin preseason Saturday against San Francisco at NRG Stadium.
“It’s great to get in that first preseason game,” he said. “There’s nothing like that, so it’ll be great to get a chance to get back out there and play the game.
“I think we all strive to be perfect, we know that that’s not reality. I think you go out there, you prepare as best as you can and you go out there and go through the progression of what the play is, whether it’s a run or pass.
Part of what made Hopkins' performance so impressive was playing with four quarterbacks, including three starters.
"I do have higher expectations," Hopkins said. "I'm in a role where I should catch more balls. I've got to capitalize on those opportunities."
With Andre Johnson out of the picture, Hopkins becomes the focal point of the defense, which means he's going to draw a lot of double coverage. In the offseason, Hopkins was unable to step on the practice field except as a spectator. He was recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist. It was an unfamiliar situation for him. Hopkins is 13th on our WR list and should collect more targets as the team's WR1. Some stability at QB will also help Hopkins.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:23pm
It came instead on Sunday, when Mallett spent most of his day with the first team, just as Brian Hoyer had done the day before. In an early first-team offense vs. first-team defense session, Mallett completed six of nine throws.
The day's crowd pleaser came on a deep throw from Mallett to DeAndre Hopkins -- a signature Hopkins one-handed touchdown catch. The throw was nice and the catch was, too. In fact Mallett had nice touch on several of his throws.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:13am
Everyone wants to know about the Texans quarterbacks. Thousands of people watched that practice and came away with different opinions. I didn’t think either Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett dominated the practice session and each had good and bad moments throughout the day. Hoyer missed a few corner routes that were open in the end zone while Mallett struggled with some of the short to intermediate throws. That said, they’re light years ahead of last year’s quarterback group. Light. Years.
One impressive moment of the day was a Mallett incompletion. The Texans were working on their inside the ten yard line/goal line offense. Damaris Johnson ran his route just past the goal line but was surrounded by three or four intermediate coverage defenders. Mallett got on his toes and made the throw to the only spot that his guy could get it, which was about six inches off the ground. Mallett purposely threw low, hoping that Johnson could slide under it.
But, of the quarterback group, Tom Savage may have had the best day. I thought Tom threw it well throughout the day, other than taking a couple of coverage sacks. He’s made significant progress since last season and that’s great to see.
This is likely a battle between Hoyer and Mallett, however whoever wins the starting job probably isn't going to make a fantasy impact every week.
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:44am
Texans QB Brian Hoyer offers HC Bill O'Brien the more known quantity after starting 14 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, but he finished the year with a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four games.
Ryan Mallett offers more upside, but he remains a relative unknown with just 79 career passing attempts. Even if Hoyer begins the season as starter, he could at some point give way to Mallett, much like he did late last season with Johnny Manziel.
Tom Savage remains a developmental project who can bide his time behind the other two.
Hoyer showed flashes, especially two years ago with the Browns before getting hurt, but last year struggled. If Hoyer wins the job he'll have a better running game to work with compared to Cleveland as Arian Foster is one of the top backs in the league. DeAndre Hopkins will be the featured target of the aerial attack. Cecil Shorts was limited by injuries and reduced opportunities in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive youth movement, but he arrives as a versatile starting option. Third-round pick Jaelen Strong could carve out an early role as a possession receiver. Right now, the Texans QB starter only has streaming potential until we see more stability.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:42pm
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