Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.
HOUSTON TEXANS (7-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-4)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||O’Brien: 0-1||Pagano: 4-1|
|LAST WEEK||W 27-13 at Jaguars||W 25-24 at Browns|
|LAST GAME||10/9/14: Colts 33 at Texans 28. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck throws for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has 9 catches for career-high 223 yards (24.8 avg.) & TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/15/13: Colts 25, Texans 3. Indianapolis CB Darius Butler has 2 INTs & DE Cory Redding records safety. Colts RB Trent Richardson totals 102 scrimmage yards & catches TD.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 113 (Ind.). XM: 230 (Ind.).|
|PASSING||Fitzpatrick: 194-306-2453-17-8-95.9||Luck: 337-544-4305 (1L)-36 (T1L)-13-98.8|
|RUSHING||Foster: 204-1028 (3C)-5.0-8 (T2C)||Richardson: 142-475-3.3-3|
|RECEIVING||Hopkins: 64-1090-17.0-6||Hilton: 78-1295 (3L)-16.6-7|
|SACKS||Watt: 14.5 (3L)||Walden: 6|
|INTs||Rolle: 3||Adams: 5 (T2L)|
|PUNTING||Lechler: 46.9||McAfee: 47.3 (2C)|
|KICKING||Bullock: 104 (35/35 PAT; 23/28 FG)||Vinatieri: 125 (T2L) (44/44 PAT; 27/27 FG)|
TEXANS: In past 6, QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has 1,397 pass yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.0 rating. Completed 15 of 23 (65.2 pct.) for 212 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating in last meeting…Last week, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 127 yards & TD & now has 32 career 100-yard games, surpassing PRIEST HOLMES (31) for most ever by undrafted player. Has 11 TDs in past 7 (7 rush, 4 rec.) & aims for 8th in row with TD. Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,834) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. Has 13,398 career rec. yards, eclipsing TORRY HOLT (13,382) for No. 12 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 7, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 39 rec. for 724 yards (18.6 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 51 sacks, incl. 3 last week vs. Jax…COLTS: Since entering NFL in 2012, QB ANDREW LUCK has 12,501 pass yards, eclipsing PEYTON MANNING (12,287) for most of any SB-era QB in 1st 3 seasons. Has 4-1 career record vs. Hou., passing for 1,198 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.2 rating…RB TRENT RICHARDSON (1,988) needs 12 rush yards to reach 2,000 career. Had rush TD in last meeting…In past 10, WR T.Y. HILTON has 62 catches for 1,109 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 6 100-yard games. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,295 rec. yards & needs 5 to join WRs MARVIN HARRISON & REGGIE WAYNE as only Colts with 1,300+ yard rec. season. Had career-high 223 yards on 9 catches (24.8 avg.) with TD in last meeting. WR Reggie Wayne has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. Rookie WR DONTE MONCRIEF (Round 3, No. 90 overall) aims for 4th in row with 3+ catches…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 110 tackles & has career-high 4 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS leads team with career-high 5 INTs, incl. 1 vs. Cle. CB JOSH GORDY posted 1st INT of season last week.
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB Brian Cushing (back), RB Arian Foster (groin), TE Garrett Graham (ankle), DE Tim Jamison (knee), WR Andre Johnson (concussion), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee, achilles), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (back)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||T Tyson Clabo (foot), LB Akeem Dent (neck), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), S Danieal Manning (hamstring), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||S Mike Adams (back), S Sergio Brown (illness), LB D’Qwell Jackson (ribs), S LaRon Landry (illness), G Joe Reitz (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (knee), LB Erik Walden (knee)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||CB Vontae Davis (concussion)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||T Xavier Nixon (foot), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring)|
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney underwent successful microfracture surgery on his right knee on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Recovery from microfracture surgery on a player’s knee can take at least nine months. If he’s able o return in nine months, Clowney would be ready on September 7th.
Dr. Walter Lowe performed the surgery.
“He had microfracture surgery,” general manager Rick Smith said. “It’s a pretty extensive rehab period. We’re hoping to have him back for the start of the season.
Everyone wants a piece of J.J. Watt these days – even Comedy Central cartoon “South Park.”
The show has turned the Texans defensive star into a character. The holiday special featuring Watt will air at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday featuring several celebrities.
Texans: QB Thad Lewis, WR DeVier Posey, CB Andre Hal, S Josh Aubrey, T Jeff Adams, TE Garrett Graham, LB Jasaveon Clowney.
Jaguars: Jaguars Inactives: WR Tommy Streeter, CB Jeremy Harris, RB Storm Johnson, LB A.J. Edds, LB Khairi Fortt, OL Tyler Shatley, DE Andre Branch.
Receiver Andre Johnson wants to play 15 seasons and he hopes they’ll all be spent in a Texans uniform, never mind his seeming reluctance this past off-season to remain in Houston, Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
“I don’t want to play for nobody else,” Johnson said Thursday. “I’ve been here for 12 years. It don’t think it would feel right. I’ve seen everybody come and go in this locker room . . . I’ve seen it all. (My) locker has been here the longest. I can’t imagine how it would feel to put on someone else’s uniform so hopefully . . . You always want it to turn out OK. I want things to work out here.”
Asked if he’d believed as a young player that such a total would be possible, Johnson admitted, “I never thought I’d be playing in the league that long. I always said I only wanted to play 10 years. I never thought I’d be mentioned up there top receptions. I never thought I’d be in this position.”
Johnson credits “trying to do the right things, taking care of my body” for his longevity. “Just making sure you’re on top of yourself.”
The success second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins has enjoyed this season – having joined Johnson as the Texans’ only other single-season 1,000-yard receiver – has buoyed Johnson’s spirits this season.
“He played lights out on Sunday,” Johnson said of Hopkins’ nine catches for a career-best 238 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans. “He’s grasped this system and you can tell he loves playing in it. I’m just happy for him. He’s come in and worked hard.”
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday Jadeveon Clowney will be placed on season-ending injury reserve and undergo another knee surgery, Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Clowney played in just four games this year while dealing with a sports hernia surgery, concussion and meniscus tear. He underwent knee surgery after his NFL debut Week 1 against Washington. Clowney experienced swelling in his knee after returning to action at Tennessee.
“When he’s healthy, we know what he’s capable of. But we won’t have him this year,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said.