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Johnathan Joseph could be a game-time decision for Texans

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With a match up against the Detroit Lions and Calvin Johnson quickly approaching on Thanksgiving day, the Houston Texans could greatly use the services of cornerback Jonathan Joseph in trying to slow the Lions’ passing attack.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Joseph could be headed toward being a game-time decision for the Texans.

Joseph suffered a strained hamstring in the Texans’ 43-37 overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Joseph had an MRI on his hamstring Monday. Per McClain, head coach Gary Kubiak said it wasn’t particularly serious.

“He’s got a strain, but it’s a slight strain,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s just how he reacts to it. He’s feeling pretty good today. We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow.”

Although it appears to be a relatively minor injury, Joseph could have trouble making back in time for the game given the short week. Joseph has not been able to return to practice yet this week.

The Lions have the top-ranked passing offense in the league as Detroit is throwing for 301.8 yards per game. The Texans allowed Chad Henne and the Jacksonville Jaguars to throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns with Joseph on the field last week. If Joseph is unable to play Thursday, the Texans could find themselves struggling again to contain an opposing passing attack.

Linebacker Tim Dobbins (shoulder), receiver DeVier Posey (knee, hamstring) and running back Ben Tate (hamstring) also missed practice for the Texans on Tuesday.

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6 Responses to “Johnathan Joseph could be a game-time decision for Texans”
  1. jooceman says: Nov 21, 2012 3:54 AM

    I just laughed out loud at the thought of Stafford watching tape of Henne to find Texans’ weaknesses. Gotta love the NFL!

  2. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 21, 2012 9:45 AM

    All Stafford has to do is watch tape of Rodgers performance against this supposedly good defense, and then become a much better QB.

    Jonathan Joseph, isn’t he one of the dudes that Rodgers flat out embarrassed during that 6 td romp?

    Do you guys even want him playing?

  3. htowntexan says: Nov 21, 2012 10:23 AM

    I’d rather have him rest. When he was slowed by a similar injury a few weeks ago, he was getting torched. Get better and enjoy some turkey.

  4. htown1035 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:11 AM

    The Jacksonville game was an anomaly – the Texans game plan was against Gabbert, who all he does is throw short outs and curls. Henne came in and threw 6-8 passes over 20 yards and the Texans were totally unprepared.

    That game was definitely a wake-up call, and their defense will play a lot better in this game. Even if Joseph can’t go, Phillips will scheme to put a lot more pressure on Stafford.

  5. htown1035 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 21, 2012 9:45 AM

    All Stafford has to do is watch tape of Rodgers performance against this supposedly good defense, and then become a much better QB.

    Jonathan Joseph, isn’t he one of the dudes that Rodgers flat out embarrassed during that 6 td romp?

    Do you guys even want him playing?
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    Rodgers played the game of his life, and Joseph was still hurt from the Jets game. Just because the Texans lost A game doesn’t mean that’s how you beat them.

  6. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 21, 2012 12:39 PM

    Exactly. Htown.

    I said he was one of the people. Not the only person. It was quite clear that the Packers have a much, much better team, and that was the reason the texans lost.

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