“Both guys are doing OK. They definitely both have a chance to play in the game,” stated Bill O’Brien. “But it won’t be determined until late in the week. Both guys are doing OK. I’m not going to get into the specifics of their injuries.”
A day after head coach Bill O'Brien talked about Braxton Miller and Johnathan Joseph when asked about their health situations moving towards Sunday, reports now point to Joseph having sustained two broken ribs and a bruised lung in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Joseph was injured while trying to make a tackle on run by Packers receiver Ty Montgomery near the Packers sideline. After the tackle, Joseph was slow to get up, which instantly led to trainers rushing to the frozen field to check on him.
The Texans are already down a cornerback with Kevin Johnson out for the season due to a foot injury and now the team faces Josephs internal injuries. With a four game slate in the AFC ahead for the Texans and an important matchup this weekend against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, the Texans are severely shorthanded in the cornerback position especially given the recent release of Charles James. Kareem Jackson, A.J. Bouye, Robert Nelson, and Al-Hajj Shabazz are the only healthy cornerbacks on the roster.
With injuries mounting on the defense, the Texans are going to have to make some tough decisions on personnel in the coming days.
Joseph has only missed 4 regular season games out of the 92 in his Texans career. He has also appeared in all 5 playoff games with the Texans.