Lamar Miller missed another day of practice with an ankle injury putting his status in doubt for Saturday’s match up against the Cincinnati Bengals. If Miller can’t play, the Texans will depend on Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, and Akeem Hunt for the running game.
Brennan Scarlett has a Good Future
Since arriving to the Texans after the draft, the story of rookie Brennan Scarlett is an interesting one. Injured the majority of camp and showing up with two preseason games left, Scarlett won a roster spot heading into the regular season. Scarlett was used on special teams after making the 53-man roster, but early in the season, he was shuffled to the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury.
Rehabbing his injury, Scarlett was activated from he injured reserve after Whitney Mercilus missed a game with his back injury. Scarlett had a positive influence in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, setting a career high mark with 4 total tackles and 4 quarterback hurries. He has the skill set to contribute on defense and on special teams but health is his biggest issue.
Bill O’Brien likes what Scarlett brings to the Texans.
“I thought he did a good job. I thought he did a good job. I mean, he made a couple plays that were really tough plays to make. For his first time out there, I think he did a nice job. He’s got a bright future for us,” O’Brien stated.
Scarlett’s time on defense will be cut down with the return of John Simon and Mercilus, both of whom are expected back this week. The Texans addition of Scarlett is a plus for depth this season and moving to 2017.
The Humble Romeo Crennel
Much has been said about the work that Romeo Crennel has put in with his defense. Considered one of the top defenses in the NFL, the Texans defense has stepped up to the challenge on mulitple occasions this season. The man at the controls, Crennel, credits his players for making him look good.
“I don’t know about that,” Crennel responded when asked about being labeled one of the best coordinators of all-time. “I’m just a hard worker, I try to do the best I can, try to get my guys to play hard, try to give them a good plan, and when all those things come together, we win.”
He continued, “Like I tell them, I say, ‘When you guys do good, I do good. When you guys do bad, I do bad.’ So, you know, I kind of ride along with them, and when they do good, I do good.”
Crennel has a defense that ranks 1st in yards. 2nd in passing yards, 16th vs the run, 8th in yards per play, and 12th in points.
Whitney Mercilus Ready to Return
In a surprise move last week, Whitney Mercilus missed a must-win game over Jacksonville with a back injury. There was some worry that the Texans defense would struggle some without Mercilus but they were able to get help from the personnel on the field to win that game. This week, Mercilus is expected to be back, taking over his starting spot on the defense. Mercilus missed his first game in over three seasons and he is already itching to get back on the field.
“Man, it was hard. That’s probably – no, it’s actually the second game I’ve only been out in my career. So, just standing on the sidelines and seeing everybody ball out, I wanted to be part of that too – I still technically was,” Mercilus remarked. “It feels good to be back. I feel great, so I can’t wait to be out there with my teammates and get this W.”
Along with Mercilus, the Texans will be getting John Simon back who missed the past month with a chest injury.
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