CB Jason Allen (knee), G Thomas Austin (knee), LB Connor Barwin (Achilles), LB Bryan Braman (Neck), G Mike Brisiel (Shin), T Duane Brown (Shoulder), G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle), FB James Casey (Chest), LB Brian Cushing (Knee), WR Derrick Mason (Finger), CB Sherrick McManis (Groin), C Chris Myers (Knee), LB DeMeco Ryans (Elbow/Hamstring/Wrist), RB Ben Tate (Ankle), WR Kevin Walter (Knee), T Eric Winston (Ankle)
DL Auston English (knee), RB Montario Hardesty (Calf) and DB Dimitri Patterson (Knee)
RB Peyton Hillis (Hamstring), LB Kaluka Maiava (Knee), OL Tony Pashos (Ankle) and DB Ray Ventrone (Hamstring)
LB Chris Gocong (Shoulder), OL Shawn Lauvao (Knee), WR Mohammed Massaquoi (Head) and DB T.J. Ward (Knee)
Probable – (virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty)
Questionable – (50-50 chance will not play)
Doubtful – (at least 75 percent chance will not play)
Out – (definitely will not play)
Tags: Andre Johnson, Antoine Caldwell, Ben Tate, Brian Cushing, Bryan Braman, Chris Myers, Connor Barwin, Danieal Manning, DeMeco Ryans, Derrick Mason, Duane Brown, Eric Winston, James Casey, Jason Allen, Kevin Walter, Mike Brisiel, Sherrick McManis, Thomas Austin
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Aside from his comments on injuries to Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Dominique Barber and a host of others, here are the highlights:
- Kubiak compared defensive end Tim Jamison, who had two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery on Sunday, to team captain Antonio Smith. “I see a young Antonio, is what I see,” Kubiak said. “He’s got a ways to go, but it is exciting to watch him play every week. He played the most he’s played this year for us and he played the best. So I think that’s telling us something, so you’re going to see more of him.” Jamison (6-3, 285) was undrafted out of Michigan in 2009. He was cut twice and spent parts of his first two seasons on the Texans’ practice squad. Smith (6-4, 280) was a fifth-round pick in 2004. He was cut twice and spent parts of his first two seasons on the Cardinals’ practice squad, along with a stint in NFL Europe in 2005.
- Kubiak was asked why cornerback Kareem Jackson started over Jason Allen. Allen had started the previous two games while Jackson sat out with a knee injury. “Kareem had not been healthy,” Kubiak said. “He got healthy last week. He had a great week of practice. As I’ve told you, we look at both of them as starters. We felt good going into the game. Kareem’s a very physical player. This team’s a very physical football team, run the ball a great deal, so we started Kareem and he played well.” Kubiak said the 51-yard catch by Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, who appeared to beat Jackson on the play, was not Jackson’s fault. “That’s not even his play,” Kubiak said. “We didn’t play the coverage the way we were supposed to play it.” Kubiak did say he would like Allen to play more moving forward.
- Kubiak said he was “very excited” about the play of rookie Brooks Reed, who made his first-career start at weakside linebacker in place of Mario Williams. Reed had six tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed. “It wasn’t too big for him,” Kubiak said. “For his first time out there, to walk into Baltimore and start, I thought he was very active in the game. He played solid. He graded out good. Can he play better? Yes, but for a first-time starter in this league, I think we all have to be excited with what he did… I think his future is very bright, and we need it to be right now.” Reed and strongside linebacker Connor Barwin played every snap in the game.
- Kubiak said wide receiver Trindon Holliday is “still a possibility” in the return game. Holliday was signed last week to relieve Danieal Manning and Jacoby Jones on returns, but he was inactive on Sunday. “The problem that we have right now is that when you have injuries on your team, which we’ve had, there is a trickle-down effect to special teams,” Kubiak said. “We lose (Dominique) Barber yesterday, who is arguably our best special teams player, we start to have body issues. You’ve got to replace (players) from the standpoint of how you compete on special teams. So it is an issue right now that Joe (Marciano) and I have got to work through. I would like to have Trindon come up and return some kicks, and hopefully we can find the roster spot to do that, but we’ve got some other issues.”
- Kubiak seemed satisfied with the play of wide receiver Derrick Mason, who had three catches for 27 yards against the Ravens after joining the Texans via trade last Wednesday. “For a guy that just practiced for two days, he came in and made a few plays for us,” Kubiak said. “Had a few mistakes in the game that we got to get corrected, so we got to take another step as coaches with him. I think Derrick can help us… He’s very smart, and I think he’ll feel better this week. We’ll feel better about what he can do, but he stepped in and did what we asked him to do yesterday.”
Tags: Antonio Smith, Brooks Reed, Derrick Mason, Gary Kubiak, Jason Allen, Kareem Jackson, Kubiak day-after pressers, Tim Jamison, Trindon Holliday
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Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, here are the postgame notes from the Texans’ 29-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 6:
• The loss dropped the Texans to 3-3 on the season and 0-5 all-time against Baltimore. Head coach Gary Kubiak dropped to 40-46 all-time, 0-3 against Baltimore and 5-5 against the AFC North.
• The Texans lost the time of possession battle for the first time this season, holding the ball for 27:48.
• The Texans won the turnover battle for the fourth time this season and fell to 2-2 in those games.
• The Texans were held without a score on its opening drive for the first time since the season opener vs. Indianapolis (9/11).
• The Texans trailed after the first quarter for the first time this season. Houston has led after 15 minutes in each of its first five games.
• Houston trailed at halftime for the first time in nine games and the first time this season. The last game in which the Texans trailed at intermission was 12/19/10 at Tennessee.
• The Texans’ 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter was the team’s first touchdown of the season in the third quarter.
• Houston’s touchdown following the fumble gave the team 45 points off of 9 takeaways this season.
• The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.
• Team captains were QB Matt Schaub on offense, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
• ILB Brian Cushing registered his 250th career tackle when he stopped Baltimore RB Ray Rice for a 5-yard loss on the final play of the third quarter. Cushing entered the game with 245 career stops.
• TE Owen Daniels extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 59 on an 8-yard reception in the second quarter.
• DE Tim Jamison registered his first sack of the season and the second of his career when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter. Jamison’s first sack came on 12/26/10 at Denver.
• Jamison recorded a sack-fumble in the second quarter and recovered the fumble. It was his first career forced fumble and his first career fumble recovery. It also marked Jamison’s first multi-sack game.
• WR Jacoby Jones caught his 10th career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 32-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub on Houston’s opening drive of the third quarter. It was Jones’ first touchdown catch of the season.
• Jones had a season-high 76 receiving yards, topping his previous high of 48 yards in Week 2 at Miami (9/18).
• CB Johnathan Joseph intercepted his third pass of the season when he picked off a throw from Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the second quarter. It was Joseph’s third career interception against Baltimore and the 17th of his career overall.
• Joseph’s interception was the 10th takeaway of the season for the Texans.
• FS Danieal Manning led the team with a season-high 11 tackles, including 9 solo stops.
• WR Derrick Mason made his debut as a Texan after joining the team in a trade on Wednesday. Mason made his first reception as a Texan on Houston’s opening drive, picking up 11 yards and a first down on the catch.
• With his third catch of the day, Mason tied former Washington Redskins WR Art Monk for 11th on the NFL’s all-time reception list. The catch was the 940th of his career.
• OLB Brooks Reed made his first career start. He finished with 6 tackles, including 3 solos, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit.
• QB Matt Schaub threw a touchdown in his 14th straight game, extending his own team-record streak, when he hit WR Jacoby Jones on a 32-yard scoring strike in the third quarter. The touchdown pass was Schaub’s 10th of the season and the 93rd of his career.
• G Wade Smith scored his first career touchdown when he recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter. It was his second career fumble recovery, his first coming on 12/19/10 at Tennessee.
• Smith became the first Texans offensive lineman to score in a game.
• Smith recovered his second fumble of the game when he fell on a fumble by QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.
• RT Eric Winston started his 77th consecutive game, tying him with teammate Mario Williams (2006-10) for the second-longest consecutive starts streak in team history. He has started every game since Week 11 of the 2006 season vs. Buffalo (11/19/06). G Chester Pitts holds the franchise record with 114 consecutive starts from 2002-09.
Tags: Brian Cushing, Brooks Reed, Danieal Manning, Derrick Mason, Eric Winston, Gary Kubiak, Jacoby Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Matt Schaub, Owen Daniels, Postgame notes, Texans-Ravens Week 6, Tim Jamison, Wade Smith
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We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium. The Ravens will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:
10-7: The score, in favor of the Ravens
142-133: Total yards, in favor of the Texans
111-81: Passing yards, in favor of the Ravens
61-22: Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
15:42-14:18: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
70.9: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub (11-of-19, 94 yards)
56.2: Passer rating for Ravens QB Joe Flacco (11-of-19, 127 yards, 1 INT)
3.6: Yards per carry for Texans RB Arian Foster (9 attempts, 32 yards)
2.0: Yards per carry for Ravens RB Ray Rice (8 attempts, 16 yards)
1: TD by Texans LG Wade Smith, on a fumble recovery in the end zone
2: Catches by WR Derrick Mason in his Texans debut (23 yards)
2: Sacks by Texans DE Tim Jamison, the first of his career
1: Forced fumble and fumble recovery by Jamison on his 2nd sack
2: Personal foul penalties on Texans DE Antonio Smith near the goal line in the second quarter, leading to a 1-yard TD run by Flacco
Tags: Antonio Smith, Arian Foster, Derrick Mason, Halftime by the numbers, Matt Schaub, Texans-Ravens Week 6, Tim Jamison
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