Health Is Key For Texans In Second Half Of Season

During the bye week, getting as healthy as possible is the focus

Brandon Scott
November 05, 2019 - 12:43 pm

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HOUSTON -- To say "health is key" seems pretty obvious for a football team.

Injuries are part of the game. 

But that sentence is especially true of the Texans.

Five of the Texans players did not travel with the team to London last week because of injuries.

One of their key players, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, made the trip but was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

The Texans are banged up.

They lost J.J. Watt for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral. 

Cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) hasn’t played since Week 6 against at Kansas City and Johnathan Joseph also missed time with a hamstring injury.

Safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. is battling lingering injuries to his back, hip and wrist. 

Almost as soon as Kenny Stills returned from his own hamstring injury, Will Fuller V went down against Indianapolis. 

Rookie right tackle Tytus Howard returned from a partially torn MCL in the most recent game against the Jaguars.

Even quarterback Deshaun Watson’s eye was injured against Oakland when he was kicked in the face while making the game-winning touchdown play.

With a 6-3 record at the bye week, Watson said he feels good about where the team is, both what they have done well and what needs to be improved upon.

This week, getting as healthy as possible is the focus.

“It’s a good spot, halfway through the season,” Watson said. “A lot to look back over the past weeks to correct and a lot to actually build on.

“The biggest thing is really getting everyone healthy, getting everyone rested up for a long stretch for us to be able to try to make a run.”

On Tuesday, players mostly worked out and met with reporters for the last time until next week. They will get the rest of the week off, but treatment is still available to injured players who need it. 

O’Brien said guys like Roby and Gipson are trending in the right direction and he hopes to have them back after the bye.

“Guys have to work hard to get treatment this week,” O’Brien said. “Get away from the game a little bit but come back as healthy as they possibly can. … 

“Health is the key. The players are a big part of that. (The coaches) are a big part of that. I think that at the same time, I think that injuries happen. That’s the way the game is played. It’s a contact sport and you have to be ready on the roster at a moment’s notice.”

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