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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 RB Duke Johnson (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. David Johnson should continue to dominate backfield touches.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans. His return would siphon a few touches from RB David Johnson. We’ll get Duke’s status around 3 pm ET on Sunday.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. If he's able to return for Sunday's finale vs. the Titans, he'd figure to steal a handful of touches from RB David Johnson.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson injured his right arm in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Bengals. His arm was hit and bent awkwardly just as he was attempting a throw. We'll update Watson's status when we know more. QB A.J. McCarron is Houston's backup.

Update: Watson was able to return for Houston's final possession.

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Texans RB C.J. Prosise is inactive for today's game vs. the Bengals. He was left off the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. With RB Duke Johnson also out, David Johnson will dominate backfield work for Houston again today.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Houston will get RB C.J. Prosise back for this one, but RB David Johnson handle the vast majority of the backfield work.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) remained sidelined on Wednesday. With Duke out last week, RB David Johnson played 80% of Houston's offensive snaps and racked up 8 carries and 11 targets. He gets a big boost with Duke misses Sunday's game against the Bengals.

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.

Texans RBs Duke Johnson (neck) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) have been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Colts. David Johnson is now a candidate to handle 100% of Houston's RB touches. The matchup isn't ideal, but Johnson is a volume-based RB2 candidate.

Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was limited on Wednesday and sidelined on Thursday and Friday. RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) is also listed as questionable. If both guys are out, David Johnson could handle 100% of Houston's RB touches.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (neck) practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday, and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Colts and is safe to get back into fantasy lineups as a lower-end WR2.

Texans RB David Johnson has been activated from the COVID list. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Colts but only sits in RB3 territory in the Week 15 Rankings.

The Texans expect WR Brandin Cooks (neck) to return for Sunday's game against the Colts, according to The Houston Chronicle. Cooks was seemingly close to playing vs. the Bears this past week. He's back in the WR2 mix for Week 15. And his return is good news for QB Deshaun Watson.

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.

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Texans RB David Johnson landed on the COVID list as a high-risk close contact. That means he'll be cleared for Week 15 if he avoids a positive test. We'll keep an eye on Johnson this coming week.

Texans WR Brandin Cooks (foot, neck) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Bears. Keke Coutee (knee) is active and suddenly looks like QB Deshaun Watson’s #1 WR. WR Chad Hansen and TE Jordan Akins also project for targets boosts.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Texans WR Brandin Cooks is not expected to play today against the Bears, "barring significant late improvement." He's dealing with foot and neck issues. Cooks is officially questionable, and ESPN's Adam Schefter previously reported that Houston expected the WR to play. So we'll need to confirm his status when the inactives come out at about 11:30 a.m. ET. For now, though, expect to not have Cooks available for your fantasy football lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Texans WRs Brandin Cooks (foot, neck) and Keke Coutee (knee) are expected to play vs. the Bears today. Neither guy seemed to be in any danger of missing this one. Both are fine to get into fantasy lineups.

Texans WR Randall Cobb (foot) admits there's a "strong chance" that he doesn't play again this season. He remains in a walking boot and is reportedly considering surgery. Look for Keke Coutee to operate as Houston's slot receiver the rest of the way.

 
 
 

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