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The Texans on Friday placed LB Zach Cunningham and DL Ross Blacklock on the COVID list. That means neither guy will be available for Sunday's game against the Bills. Cunningham is a big loss for IDP lineups. Expect Kamu Grugier-Hill to start in his place. Christian Kirksey also gets an opportunity boost.

Texans S Justin Reid (knee) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Panthers. Houston lists Terrance Brooks as his backup.

Texans S Justin Reid is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Panthers. Reid left Sunday's game early with a knee injury and then missed the 3 days of practice on this short week. We'll check his status ahead of game time. The short week should probably factor into your starting decision, though, even if he's active.

The Jets on Sunday sent a late-round draft pick to the Texans for DE Shaq Lawson. It’s a sensible move for a team that has lost DE Carl Lawson and DE Vinny Curry for the season. Shaq Lawson, though, has already washed out with 3 NFL teams: the Bills, who drafted him; the Dolphins, who signed him for big free-agent money; and the Texans, who traded (minimal value) for him. Odds are against Lawson being an edge-rushing savior for either the Jets or IDP rosters.

The Texans have agreed to a 2-year deal with LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, worth "up to $8 million," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Pierre-Louis figures to compete with Christian Kirksey for work next to Zach Cunningham in a Houston defense that recently sent Benardrick McKinney to Miami. Tyrell Adams showed us last year that there's upside to the role, so we'll see how the situation plays out.

The Texans are releasing DE J.J. Watt, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Watt asked the team to release him, marking yet another star player looking to get out of Houston. Watt has clearly slipped from the dominant form of his early seasons, but he remains a productive player and should find plenty of potential suitors. We'll see where the veteran lands -- and the size of his next contract -- before projecting his IDP outlook for 2021 and beyond.

According to multiple reports, the Texans will be hiring David Culley as their new HC. Culley has been coaching in the NFL since 1994, spending the past 2 seasons as the passing-game coordinator, WRs coach and assistant HC in Baltimore. Before that, he spent 2 years as Buffalo's QBs coach, 18 years working under Andy Reid -- 14 as WRs coach in Philly and then 4 more as WRs coach and assistant HC in K.C. -- 3 years as WRs coach in Pittsburgh and 2 years coaching WRs for Tampa Bay. Culley has yet to be a full-on OC at any stop and has coached across multiple regimes, so it might be tough to nail down his scheme. The most important fantasy issue, though, will be whether he can win over Houston QB Deshaun Watson. We'll be watching this situation over the next couple of months.

Update: Culley will retain OC Tim Kelly, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Kelly has spent the past 2 seasons in that role.

Texans S Lonnie Johnson (knee) is active for today's game against the Colts. A knee issue limited Johnson's participation Friday and landed him as questionable on the final injury report. But it sounds like he's ready for low-level IDP use if he was in your plans.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Texans S Justin Reid will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hand injury in Sunday's loss to the Bears. A.J. Moore looks like the fill-in for Reid but doesn't make for a good Week 15 bet in IDP lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Texans CB Bradley Roby will not travel with the team to Jacksonville. Roby had been dealing with a knee issue, but Schefter reports that the decision is not injury or COVID related. So it's not clear why the team is benching basically the only corner that has performed decently for it this season. This helps the matchup for Jaguars WR D.J. Chark, though his biggest challenge figures to be 1st-time starter Jake Luton at QB.

The Texans are placing LB Benardrick McKinney on IR and expect him to miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop. McKinney will need surgery on the shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 5. Tyrell Adams replaced him in that game, playing 89% of the defensive snaps and racking up 13 tackles against the Jaguars. He's worth a pickup in many IDP leagues ahead of a Week 6 matchup with Tennessee.

Texans LB Benardrick McKinney (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. We could see either Dylan Cole or Tyrell Adams in his place.

Houston LB Benardrick McKinney (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He managed limited practices every day, though. We'll check his availability Sunday morning.

The Texans have fired HC/GM Bill O'Brien, according to multiple reports. Romeo Crennel will serve as the interim coach, while OC Tim Kelly should reclaim play-calling duties. We'll see if this changes anything for the offense going forward, but shedding O'Brien doesn't seem like it can hurt QB Deshaun Watson and crew.

The Texans chose DT Ross Blacklock with the 40th pick of the NFL Draft. Blacklock posted limited stats across 2 seasons at TCU, finishing with 9 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2019. He missed 2018 with a torn Achilles' tendon. ESPN's Louis Riddick and Anthony McFarland believe that Blacklock brings pass-rushing upside beyond what he showed in college. He joins a D-line that just lost D.J. Reader in free agency.

Texans CBs Gareon Conley (hip) and Bradley Roby (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Broncos. So is OLB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder), who missed last Sunday's win over the Patriots. It's an upside matchup for Scarlett, who produced well in the 3 games before he sat out.

Texans OLB Brennan Scarlett (shoulder) is inactive for tonight's game against the Patriots.

Texans S Tashaun Gipson (back) is active for tonight's game against the Colts. CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) is out. Neither is much of an IDP factor.

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