Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) and CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs) are inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. Mercilus' absence hurts the Houston pass rush but certainly doesn't take the defense out of fantasy consideration in a high-ceiling matchup.
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs) is inactive for today's game against the Colts. DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (elbow) and ILB Brian Cushing (back) are active after entering the day questionable. Neither makes for a strong IDP play, but both are available if you need them.
Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (elbow), ILB Brian Cushing (back) and S Andre Hal (illness) are all questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay. Clowney and Cushing put in limited workouts all week and appear likely to play. Hal missed practice all week. None has proved to be a particularly strong IDP option this year, and Houston's a weak team-D option against the Packers.
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph said Monday that he has passed through the league's concussion protocol and will be ready to play at Cleveland in Week 11. Joseph suffered the injury early in the Week 9 loss to Philly. Houston will still be down its other starting CB, Kareem Jackson, who is expected to miss at least another 2-3 weeks with a knee injury also suffered in the Philly loss. Jackson's absence shouldn't alter the fantasy outlook for the Texans' team D and doesn't significantly impact the value for any Browns offensive player.