Texans Head Coach Enlists Injury Grievances of 23 Players. Which Athletes Are Fully Fit for the Bengals Game?

Published 11/09/2023, 8:48 AM EST

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In the game of football, injuries are often the unseen MVPs. As the Houston Texans gear up to face the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday at Paycor Stadium in Week 10 of the NFL season, there’s more to the story than just the upcoming clash of the Titans. In this report, the Texans’ injury situation is the talk of town. Analyzing which players are fit and ready to take on the Bengals.

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The Texans’ head coach is currently facing a daunting challenge: injury grievances from a staggering 23 players. Texans fans know this team by heart, and for the uninitiated, it’s time to get to know this spirited squad.

Houston Texans injury report: Who’s fit to tackle the Cincinnati Bengals?

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Let’s break it down further. Out of the 53 players on the active roster, 23 of them appear on the injury report. Among the notable casualties are FB Andrew Beck (ankle/elbow/shoulder), LB Blake Cashman (knee) and DE Will Anderson (knee). Notably, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn (quad) is sidelined. So, it’s not just the vibes in Houston that are high; the injury count is quite significant. “It doesn’t stop our process,” HC DeMeco Ryans remains unfazed by a lengthy injury list, “We go through the same process, and things happen. That’s life.”

But here’s the key takeaway: out of these 23 players, 11 did not practice, seven were limited, and five were full participants. In simpler terms, 18 players are indeed carrying injuries. So, who’s in the clear? Recent reports suggest that second-year cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is on the mend from a hamstring injury, providing hope for his return.

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Meanwhile, LB Christian Harris is charging ahead as a full participant. On the flip side, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn (quad) was conspicuously absent from practice, and the team has secured Matt Ammendola to take over kicking duties. OT Josh Jones and WR John Metchie III are also gearing up as full participants. Running back Dameon Pierce’s ankle issue might keep him sidelined, potentially paving the way for Devin Singletary. Lastly, DT Sheldon Rankins is ready to roll as a full participant.

Head-To-Head Comparison: Texans vs. Bengals

The Texans shine in terms of offense, defense, and passing game, presenting a formidable challenge to their opponents. On the flip side, the Bengals face some hurdles, particularly in their offensive and defensive performances.

Offense Rankings: The Texans have secured the 9th spot in offense, showcasing their prowess on the field. Their offensive game is nothing short of impressive. While Bengals seek the offensive spark – as they find themselves ranked 25th in offense.

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Defense Rankings: The Texans claim the 18th spot in defense, reflecting a solid and reliable defensive strategy. But Bengals on the other hand are ranked 27th in defense, highlighting a struggle to maintain a strong defense.

Offense Net Yards Per Game: Texans march down the field with an average of 351.1 yards gained per game, the Bengals gain an average of 291.9 yards per game, and there’s work to be done to catch up to the Texans.

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Defense Net Yards Per Game: The Texans allow their opponents to gain an average of 335 yards per game. The Bengals’ defense under pressure allows their opponents to gain an average of 364 yards per game.

Passing yards per game, aerial battle: Texans’ air dominance boasts an impressive average of 264.1 passing yards per game. And, the Bengals pass for an average of 216 yards per game, especially when compared to the Texans.

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But at last, as football die-hards eagerly anticipate the showdown between the Texans and Bengals, the injury report takes center stage, and the question remains: Who will be fit to don the Texans’ colors and face the Bengals head-on?

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