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Friday, November 14, 2014

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


By on 11/14/2014 12:45:00 PM

Houston Texans linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing moved well in practice on Wednesday, reports Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. Ganguli adds that running back Arian Foster was held out of practice and is considered day-to-day.


Clowney is still limited by a torn meniscus he suffered in Houston's season opener against the Washington Redskins. The No. 1 overall pick returned in Week 8 before missing the Texans' last game due to an illness.

Recurring knee problems have bothered Cushing all season as he recovers from a broken fibula in 2013 and torn ACL in 2012. Cushing missed the last two games before Houston's bye week, so the Texans hope three weeks of rest will help his knee feel better.

Head coach Bill O'Brien liked what he saw out of both linebackers on Wednesday and said that it “looks good that they would have a shot to play Sunday.” Having both Clowney and Cushing back could be a huge boost, as the Texans rank 28th in the NFL in yards allowed per game.

Foster injured his groin in Houston's Week 9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and remains sidelined at practice. O'Brien also referred to Foster as “day-to-day” and his status for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns is questionable.

The Texans are starting Ryan Mallet at quarterback for the first time on Sunday, so a strong run game would be a big help. If Foster can't go, Alfred Blue would see his workload increase.  

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