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The Texans elected not to play rookie RB Dameon Pierce in Saturday night's 2nd preseason game against the Rams. HC Lovie Smith said afterward that it was because they didn't need to see him, according to Pro Football Talk. Marlon Mack started the game, with Rex Burkhead, Dare Ogunbowale and Royce Freeman all working in as well. This doesn't necessarily mean that Pierce will lead the Week 1 backfield, but it sure seems to indicate things are heading in that direction. Pierce should certainly be the 1st Texans RB drafted (and the only one picked in many leagues). But be wary of chasing him too early. We still don't expect this to be a good offense, and the veteran RBs do figure to work in for touches. Smith said recently that all the RBs "have a certain strength."

ESPN Texans reporter DJ Bien-Aime believes "it's only a matter of time" before Houston OC Pep Hamilton makes rookie RB Dameon Pierce the "lead back." Bien-Aime believes the takeover could happen by sometime in September, pointing to the rookie's "explosiveness" edge over Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead. Pierce worked behind others in the 1st preseason game but certainly showed best among what we all knew to be a lackluster group. Pierce has been our highest-projected Texans RB all along.

Texans RB David Johnson has been activated from the COVID list. He figures to play vs. the Titans on Sunday but should only steal a handful of touches from RB Rex Burkhead.

Texans RB David Johnson was not activated from the COVID list and will miss today’s game vs. the 49ers. Rex Burkhead should remain Houston’s clear lead back, with Royce Freeman the #2.

11:33am EST 12/26/21

Texans RB David Johnson (quad) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Chargers. Rex Burkhead should operate as Houston’s clear lead back, with Royce Freeman as the #2.

Texans RB David Johnson (quad) is not expected to play vs. the Chargers today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll leave Royce Freeman as the #2 RB behind Rex Burkhead.

Texans RB David Johnson (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers. He didn’t practice all week, though, so he seems unlikely to play. Look for Rex Burkhead to serve as Houston’s clear lead back on Sunday, with Royce Freeman as the #2.

Texans RB David Johnson (quad) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. His absence vs. the Chargers this weekend would be a slight boost to RB Rex Burkhead's stock. We'll get another update on Johnson tomorrow.

11:39am EST 12/19/21

Texans RB Rex Burkhead (hip, quad) is active for today’s game vs. the Jaguars. It’s a slight surprise after HC David Culley said early in the week that Burkhead would miss this one. He figures to continue splitting backfield duties with RB David Johnson. RB Royce Freeman might also stay involved.

Texans RB Rex Burkhead (hip, quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Jaguars. HC David Culley said early this week that Burkhead wouldn't play, but he evidently has a shot after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We'll get Houston's inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday, but hopefully you can avoid this backfield in fantasy lineups.

Texans RB Rex Burkhed (hip) won't play vs. the Jaguars on Sunday, HC David Culley said. It'll be David Johnson and Royce Freeman in the backfield for that one. Johnson is the better fantasy bet, but it's a situation to avoid if you can.

Texans RB David Johnson has been activated from the COVID list. He landed there on Sunday morning and missed the Seahawks game. RB Rex Burkhead is reportedly dealing with a minor hip injury, so Johnson could take on a significant role in Week 15 vs. the Jaguars.

Texans RB David Johnson has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for today's game vs. the Seahawks. That should again leave Rex Burkhead as Houston's clear lead back, with Royce Freeman behind him. Burkhead, of course, is an unexciting fantasy option in this crappy offense.

Texans RB David Johnson (thigh, illness) practiced in full all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return to a timeshare with RB Rex Burkhead against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Texans RB David Johnson (illness, thigh) has put in 2 full practices to open the week. He's on track to return for Sunday's game vs. the Seahawks. Johnson figures to re-form a committee with RB Rex Burkhead, leaving both guys as just desperation fantasy plays.

Texans RB David Johnson (illness, thigh) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Colts. RBs Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels are dressed for Houston today. Burkhead should see most of the backfield work and is a viable (if disgusting) RB3 option.

Texans RB David Johnson (illness, thigh) is "unlikely" to play vs. the Colts today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll find out for sure around 11:30 am ET. Johnson and Rex Burkhead have been splitting backfield work lately, so Johnson's absence would be a boost to Burkhead's projected volume. Houston also has RBs Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels on the active roster.

Texans RB David Johnson (illness, thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Colts. He didn’t practice all week, although it’s unclear if that was because of the illness, the thigh or both. We’ll get Houston’s inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday. If he’s out, RB Rex Burkhead becomes a slightly more palatable fantasy play.

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