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Friday, November 28, 2014

Texans Injury Report: Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing, Arian Foster

By on 11/28/2014 07:45:00 PM

After losing quarterback Ryan Mallet for the season, the Houston Texans expect to get running back Arian Foster back this Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans.

Foster is listed as probable to play despite being limited in practice and missing two straight games with a groin injury. The news is less positive elsewhere on Houston's final Week 13 injury report.

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will be held out due to swelling and pain in his surgically repaired knee. The first overall pick has now missed seven games of his rookie season because of the knee injury, in addition to one more with an illness.

Cornerback Kareem Jackson will miss his third straight game due to a knee injury. A.J. Bouye and Darryl Morris, who is probable with a thigh injury, will continue to see more playing time in Jackson's absence.

Backup Linebacker Akeem Dent missed practice on Friday with a neck injury and is questionable to play. The Texans have a number of other players dealing with injuries, but everyone else expects to play.

Fellow linebacker Brian Cushing will play despite being limited by knee problems that have hampered him all season. Backup linebackers Jeff Tarpinian (knee), Max Bullough (hamstring) and Mike Mohamed (hip) are also all probable, but the sheer number of injuries to the group is a concern for Houston.

Backup right tackle Tyson Clabo is expected to return after being inactive last week with a foot injury. Nose tackle Ryan Pickett will play after being limited in practice by a neck injury.

Safeties D.J. Swearinger (ankle) and Kendrick Lewis (knee) will play through injuries. Starting cornerback Jonathan Joseph was limited Friday with a knee problem.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson received a regular day off on Wednesday to round out the injury report.

Houston sits at 5-6 and needs a miracle to have a chance at the postseason. Foster's return will provide a critical boost in what should be a winnable game, but it may be too late.  

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