Texans Tidbits: Tight End Issues, Dennis Johnson and more

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The Houston Texans are set to go into their home finale against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and there are some small side stories to look at before the game kicks off. We give you some "Texans Tidbits" prior to Sunday's game.

Tight End Issues Once Again

The Houston Texans will have game time decisions with Garrett Graham (Hamstring) and Brad Smelley (Back) for Sunday's game with the Denver Broncos. That leaves Ryan Griffin as the only healthy tight end for Sunday, which could leave the Texans' offense without a big portion of their offensive scheme. The Texans like using the two tight end set, but that could be in doubt with the injuries at the position.

Long time starter Owen Daniels is still out after breaking a bone in his leg early in the season. He is still not ready to return despite being placed on the I.R. with designation to return.

First Start for the Rookie Dennis Johnson

With Ben Tate being placed on the injured reserve with a rib issue, it leaves rookie running backDennis Johnson to get his first start in his NFL career. The Texans will be going with an inexperienced backfield for the remainder of the season and that should be another interesting factor to watch moving forward.

Matt Schaub Without Kubiak

This is a big game for Matt Schaub and his career in the NFL. Schaub has a big opportunity to show that he can be just fine without the head coach that tied himself to him, Gary Kubiak. Schaub's future in Houston is unknown and there is no real decision to be made until the new head coach is hired. Kubiak was invested in Schaub and did everything he could to get him back on track this season, but it was all for not. It will be an interesting dynamic to see what Schaub can do without Kubiak on the sidelines and what type of player he will be without the coach that wanted him in Houston.

Schaub has a big opportunity on Sunday against the Broncos and, with Case Keenum out for the game, it could be Schaub for the last two games of the season.

Keenum Thumb Injury Requires a Brace

Obviously if Case Keenum is out for Sunday, his thumb injury on his throwing hand must be a big issue. How big of an issue is another topic, and it appears it is enough to have him in a brace. Look at this video posted by the Texans yesterday from practice.

Keenum comes in and gives some kids a fist bump with his throwing hand, and it is pretty visible he is in a brace.

Keenum with his brace

Keenum with his brace

Defensive Back Dinner

Well, the Texans' defensive backs know how to do it big off the field, and it looked like rookie A.J. Bouye had to fit the bill put together by his position teammates.

Even Johnathan Joseph had to admire the work put in by his teammates.


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