The Texans’ three-game losing streak has created a three-way logjam at the top of the AFC South that won’t be in place come the end of Week 14.
Houston will be in Indianapolis to face the Colts, who have the same 6-6 record as the Texans and Titans. The Texans got on the field Wednesday for their first practice leading up to that game and they were missing a half-dozen players because of injuries.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is on that list. Oft-injured in his first two NFL seasons, Clowney missed his first game of 2016 last weekend because of elbow and wrist injuries which left the already J.J. Watt-less Texans defense thinner than they’d like.
It got even thinner when cornerback Johnathan Joseph left with an injury that’s since been diagnosed as cracked ribs and a bruised lung. Joseph also missed practice on Wednesday.
Quarterback Tom Savage, running back Tyler Ervin, wide receiver Braxton Miller and linebacker John Simon rounded out the group of non-participants.