HOUSTON – Earlier this weekend, Houston Texans starting defensive end Jon Greenard was listed as questionable for Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans due to a foot injury.
While limited in practice this week, there was a chance the Texans’ top passer will play on Sunday. But on Saturday, the Texans not only ruled him out, but also didn’t include him in the travel group.
Veteran Safety Terrence Brooks has been activated designated for the return of the injured reserve following his return to training this week. He was placed in the casualty reserve due to a lung contusion that led him to be hospitalized in Indianapolis while he remained there overnight under observation after being injured in a loss to the Colts.
Brooks has played six games this season with just one start, recording six tackles.
Brooks has 108 career tackles and four career interceptions since being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens from Florida State. He also played for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Texans have elevated defensive end Derek Rivers, a former New England Patriots second-round pick from Youngstown State, to the active roster of the practice squad.
They put linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. on the injured list with a concussion.
Greenard leads the Texans 1-8 with seven sacks. With Greenard unable to play, the former Florida third-round pick will be replaced in the starting lineup by Jordan Jenkins, who has 1 1/2 sacks and three tackles for a loss.
Tight end Pharaoh Brown has fully participated and is expected to return to the roster after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
What about the Titans? They continue to be successful despite some adversity.
Here we note the deep respect the Texans have for Simmons (“Aaron Donald-like”) abilities and here we note how the Titans continued to plow despite the loss of rush star Derrick Henry.