Arian Foster - RBPosted 2/11/16 6:13pm ET
The Houston Texans' running backs may be utilized more next season after team owner Bob McNair said the Texans need to get the running game going again.
Huddle Up: Those plans may or may not include RB Arian Foster, who has three things going against him: His health (most notably the torn Achilles he suffered last season), his age (he'll turn 30 in August) and his salary (he's due to cost a $9 million cap hit). And if Foster doesn't return, look for the Texans to add a back after making do with mixed results from the likes of Alfred Blue and Chris Polk following Foster's injury.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, who had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Pro Bowl, received praise from former WR Michael Irvin. 'We don't know what the ceiling is,' Irvin said. 'You see the skillset, where he can catch footballs from anyplace in the world. There is no telling what the ceiling can be. He'll be rewriting a lot of records in the NFL.' Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and a franchise-record 11 touchdowns in 2015. Hopkins caught a touchdown from four different quarterbacks this year, which is an NFL record.
Huddle Up: Hopkins' most impressive feat this season was rising above Houston's inconsistent quarterbacking to post the numbers he did; that TD passes from four different QBs is simply amazing. If the Texans are able to find a quarterback this offseason, Hopkins could live up to Irvin's lofty expectations.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 2/2/16 5:52pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared to jog without pivoting, cutting or explosive activity.
Huddle Up: There is much uncertainty surrounding the soon-to-be 30-year-old Foster, who has one year remaining on his 5-year deal with the Texans and is scheduled to count $8.9 million against the cap next season. First, though, comes his health, and we'll monitor his off-season progress.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 1/29/16 9:34am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') has been in the team's facilities working hard on his rehab, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Foster's advancing age, mileage, and injury history may punch his ticket out of Houston, but until free agency hits it makes sense for him to continue his rehab with the best possible facilities. It's not as if the Texans have much behind Foster on the depth chart, and 30-year-old running backs coming off of injury won't break the bank in free agency, so a return to Houston wouldn't surprise.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 1/14/16 11:38am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') is expected to be released before the new league year begins in March, according to multiple sources not authorized to speak publicly. Foster, 30, would have a cap hit of $8.925 million for the 2016 season. The sources also said they expect him to sign elsewhere.
Huddle Up: When healthy Foster is a versatile and productive back; he just hasn't been able to stay healthy the past few seasons. He and Matt Forte will battle for similar gigs on the free agent market while Houston looks for younger backfield help in the draft.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 1/10/16 2:35pm ET
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt will undergo groin surgery Tuesday, Jan. 12. He said he has been dealing with pain for the last six or seven weeks.
Huddle Up: A tough ending to another stand-out season for the NFL's leader in QB sacks, but he'll have a full half-year to recover.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 1/7/16 4:19pm ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) remains day-to-day after practicing Thursday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Clowney missed the regular-season finale with a left-foot injury but looks to be on track to play Saturday against the Chiefs. How many snaps he'll get or how effective he'll be remains ton be seen.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has a chance to play in the Wild Card round of the playoffs this weekend, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Shorts has been hampered throughout the season by hamstring issues, but with the season now one-and-done he may be able to gut it out and give the Texans another option opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/30/15 4:31pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will return as the starting quarterback in Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Hoyer will be back following a two-game absence, and keep in mind that he's thrown for two or more TDs in the last seven full games he's played.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 12/29/15 11:21pm ET
Houston Texans rookie WR Jaelen Strong has improved in practice, in his knowledge of the game and in his conditioning, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien added that he believes Strong has a good future ahead of him.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick only has had eight receptions for 105 yards, but three of his catches have went for TDs, giving one solid reason for hope going forward.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/28/15 7:52pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion), who is in the final stages of the concussion protocol, will be the starter in Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars if he passes in time, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Even if the Texans clinch the AFC South division Monday, Dec. 28, they will start Hoyer if he's cleared. O'Brien said he will not rest players against the Jaguars. 'I think the most important thing is to win,' O'Brien said. 'I don't think there's any substitute for winning.'
Huddle Up: Brandon Weeden performed well in Week 16, throwing for a pair of TDs and running for another, but Hoyer has performed well when healthy. Check his progression through the concussion protocol this week.
Brandon Weeden - QBPosted 12/26/15 12:56pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will not play against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 because he still has not received clearance to play, according to a source. QB Brandon Weeden will serve as the starting quarterback for the team.
Huddle Up: Hoyer was a longshot to play against the Titans. This hurts DeAndre Hopkins owners. Hopkins has been quarterback-proof but even he can only go down a depth chart so far before being effected. The Titans' defense is a sneaky good play this week if you're desperate.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/26/15 5:57pm ET
Contrary to a previous report, Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is traveling with the Texans and has not officially been ruled out for Week 16. He has still not been cleared to play, however.
Huddle Up: Hoyer will travel will the team but Brandon Weeden has been named the starter. Hoyer isn't playing on Sunday. He hasn't been cleared to return yet. Weeden is starting against the Titans.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 12/25/15 3:39pm ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts has been ruled out for Week 16 due to a hamstring injury. WR Jaelen Strong will start in his place.
Huddle Up: Shorts has been unable to recover since his injury last Sunday, opening the door for Strong who caught two passes for 23 yards and a TD in Week 15.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 12/24/15 10:36pm ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Shorts, who has 42 catches for 484 yards and two TDs, was injured in Sunday's win over the Colts and hasn't participated in the team's first two practices of the week. Consider him doubtful for the Week 16 tilt in Tennessee until we hear otherwise.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/23/15 10:53am ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is expected to practice Wednesday, Dec. 23, but he hasn't been cleared from the concussion protocol yet.
Huddle Up: The Texans would love to get Hoyer back, as TJ Yates is done for the year with a knee injury and the backup plan is Brandon Weeden.
Alfred Blue - RBPosted 12/22/15 10:37pm ET
Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue was praised for his performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 by head coach Bill O'Brien. 'Alfred Blue, other than the fumble, he ran with a purpose and I think that was a big part of the game,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: With 107 yards on 20 carries, Blue notched his second 100-yard outing of the season, but it's certainly nothing that can be counted on going forward with the up-and-down nature of the Texans' ground game.
T.J. Yates - QBPosted 12/21/15 8:14pm ET
Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Dec. 21, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 15.
Huddle Up: More misfortune for Texans' QBs, and if Brian Hoyer's concussion is as serious as it sounds, it'll be Brandon Weeden at the controls for the rest of the regular season and possibly the postseason.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/16/15 4:37pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. QB T.J. Yates will start the game.
Huddle Up: Hoyer had been having a solid QB2 campaign until he ran into trouble Sunday against the Patriots, but things shouldn't suffer too much in the Houston passing game as Yates has thrown for 302 yards and three TDs in one start and mop-up duty in two other games this season.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/14/15 9:14am ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) left the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots in the second half due to a possible concussion.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is just back from a concussion, so the team may be slower to throw him back in the fray this time around. TJ Yates will fill in if Hoyer is out, and he's demonstrated he knows where to find DeAndre Hopkins so there shouldn't be significant changes in the fantasy prospects for the Texans' passing game.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/14/15 3:36pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion, neck) is also dealing with a neck strain in addition to his second concussion of the season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hoyer will need to pass all his concussion tests in order to play versus the Colts on Sunday. It's looking like we could see T.J. Yates versus Charlie Whitehurst when the two teams battle for first place in the AFC South.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 12/14/15 4:45pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion, neck, wrist) is doubtful to play in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts after he suffered his second concussion of the season in Week 14, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Hoyer was sacked five times against the New England Patriots. He suffered memory loss when he had a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals Nov. 16. QB T.J. Yates is being prepared to start against the Colts.
Huddle Up: Hoyer may not be the best quarterback in the NFL but his absence hurts the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins at the worst possible time for owners. Hopkins is still a WR1 this week but owners would much rather have Hoyer throwing to him than Yates.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 12/10/15 4:31pm ET
Updating earlier reports, Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt said he broke his left hand in practice Wednesday, Dec. 9, but said he will still play Sunday, Dec. 13, against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Watt has made 76 consecutive starts and won't be able to grip anything with his left hand, but even a one-handed Watt promises to be handful for the Patriots' struggling offensive line.
Alfred Blue - RBPosted 12/4/15 4:16pm ET
Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (back) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 4, but is listed as probable for the Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Blue will try to extend his run of games to three with at least 80 total yards and a TD Sunday in Buffalo, but don't be surprised to see Chris Polk and rookie Akeem Hunt get a little more work than normal this week.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 12/3/15 4:22pm ET
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) is out of practice Thursday, Dec. 3, but head coach Bill O'Brien said Watt would be able to play Sunday, Dec. 6, against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Despite the absences, Sunday still sounds promising for the league's sacks leader (13.5), but it's situation that's going to need monitoring up until kickoff.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 11/26/15 1:50pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) is set to return in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, and he will face the NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense. The Saints allowed 293.1 yards per game, and an NFL-high 28 passing touchdown. The Saints are also worst in the league allowed 44 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and 13 pass plays of 40 or more yards.
Huddle Up: Not to pile on, but the Saints also are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QBs, and Hoyer just might be on your league's waiver wire following his concussion absence a week ago.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 11/23/15 10:08am ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will remain the starting quarterback when he is healthy, head coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday, Nov. 22. Hoyer's concussion symptoms have subsided and he is expected to start in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints. 'Hoyer is our starter,' O'Brien said. 'When he comes back, when he's healthy, he'll come back in there and we've spoken to T.J. about that.'
Huddle Up: Good news for Hoyer, as no team faces a more favorable fantasy schedule for quarterbacks than the Texans.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 11/23/15 5:53pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 after passing his final concussion test, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 11/20/15 7:18pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 20, but is listed as probable for Week 11 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Hopkins, fantasy's No. 3 WR this season, has a lot of things going against him this Sunday: His health concerns, the Jets and CB Darrelle Revis coming to town and, last but not least, the Texans going with backup QB T.J. Yates. That said, you're rolling with Hopkins as usual unless you're blessed with an abundance of top-10 WR options.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 11/19/15 3:25pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer won't play in Week 11 because he suffered memory loss from a concussion he sustained in Week 10. He should return in Week 12.
Huddle Up: That means it'll be journeyman T.J. Yates squaring off with the Jets' above-average pass defense. Downgrade your Texans' pass-catchers accordingly.
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