The Texans did not practice on Tuesday but they are still required to release an injury report and label their injuries accordingly due to league rules.
Corey Moore is currently in the concussion protocol and Brian Peters is slow to come back from to his quad injury.
Both Quintin Demps (calf) and Jonathan Grimes (ankle) were limited after being both out for over two weeks. Lamar Miller was also added to the limited participation list due to a shoulder injury he sustained against the Denver Broncos that cut his carries in half.
Jim Caldwell Aware of Top Two for the Texans
With a defense that is looking to get better, coach Jim Caldwell is not taking the two top defenders lightly. Both Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus remain the top impact players for the Texans defense and Caldwell is not overlooking the two on the field.
“Two very, very talented guys,” Caldwell said. “Obviously, Mercilus is leading the pack just in terms of sacks. When you look at Clowney, I mean he can beat you inside or outside. He’s strong. He’s powerful. Just a real threat.”
Lions quarterback Matt Stafford knows what is coming also,.“Really athletic guys. Big, physical, can run, have power as well. They move them around quite a bit. They create matchups.”
Clowney has 27 total tackles with 2 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, and 9 quarterback hits, while Mercilus has 30 total tackles with 4.5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback hits.
Rick Smith Watching but Remains Confident
"It takes some time for all of that to come together and certainly the guys are working to do that,” explained Rick Smith of the Texans offense. “I think we've shown flashes, but, again, the consistency is what has to happen for us to be able to play the way we want to be able to play.”
The struggles of Brock Osweiler are well documented on the stat sheet and by watching his play. The offense averages 319.6 yards per game (29th), 204.3 yards per game (30th), and 16.7 points per game (31st).
"I think it's important to keep perspective. We've got a lot of young players, particularly on the offensive side of the ball and a lot of guys who haven't played together before,” explained Smith. “It does take some time for guys to come together and I expect that we will. I think you do that through repetition, you do that by working hard and by having success. I think we're on our way to doing that."
The Texans have an offense which returned a handful of players from last season’s unit and now are depending on new faces from other teams along with rookies who are learning their way through the season.
How the Texans respond to the early struggles is going to be a season-long process but Smith, much like head coach Bill O’Brien, remains confident in the plan and where they currently sit in the AFC South.
Roster Moves and More
The Texans also worked out outside linebacker Dezman Moses on Tuesday to get a closer look at him to possibly help out on special teams and depth. To this point, there was no indication that the team will sign him.