4-2, 1st AFC South
Keke Coutee - The Texans have been lacking a third option in this offense for quite sometime now, and also they need some depth with Will Fuller being injured often. Keke Coutee was expected to be that heading into the year, and now a hamstring injury has hindered him to start the season. The issue there is hamstring injuries are no good for anyone, but wide receivers especially. It takes one route to re-injure the hamstring. In the meantime, Bruce Ellington will hold down the slot wide receiver role, but won’t be a viable option in this offense.
D’Onta Foreman- D’Onta Foreman was coming on strong in 2017, and Lamar Miller’s job was in doubt, at least for a full time role. Foreman will spend his time on the PUP list to start the season, but is expected to return this year. The Achilles injury is a brutal one, so hopefully Foreman can overcome it. Foreman could cut into Miller’s workload, who has yet to show any real value since coming over to the Houston Texans.
Seantrel Henderson - Seantrel Henderson is going to miss the 2018 season after breaking his ankle. This is a brutal loss for the Texans, and the offensive line is already bottom ten in the league. Henderson is a starter down, and this is not what Houston needed. Houston will shuffle around their lineman, and Martinas Rankin stepped in, who is a rookie drafted in the third round. This does not bode well for pass-protection or run blocking. They were already dealing with a bad line, and things just got a whole lot worse.
J.J. Watt is one of the more polarizing players on the defensive side these days, but now has been injured quite a bit over the last few years. Watt had a leg fracture in 2017, but also had season-ending back surgery the year prior. Watt’s health may derail what has been a hall of fame career to start, but his presence hasn’t been there over the last few seasons. Arian Foster was one of the more dynamic running backs in the game, and injuries came for him, more so that nasty Achilles injury back in 2015. Foster was a franchise back and heavily involved in the passing game as well. Deshaun Watson was on a historic pace for a rookie in 2017, but then suffered an ACL injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Watson having just one year under his belt now, you have to think he will rebound to full health. Early on he looks like his old self, but of course we have seen players struggle after significant injuries just to get their feet back under them. When we look back at Brian Cushing, we will think PED use and major injuries. Cushing had a couple good seasons, but he now has a tainted career. The Houston Texans franchise isn’t all that deep, so looking at Matt Leinart has your major franchise injury is there for a chuckle.