Injury update: Jackson, Mays, Lechler

Injury update: Jackson, Mays, Lechler
November 14, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Cornerback Kareem Jackson (chest) and linebacker Joe Mays (knee, oblique) are both likely to be game-time decisions for Sunday’s matchup against the Raiders.

Jackson left last Sunday’s game after the first quarter. He has missed two days of practice. If Jackson can’t play, Brice McCain would start and Brandon Harris would play the slot.

Mays suffered an oblique injury against the Cardinals. But on Thursday, Kubiak said Mays’ knee was swollen. “That’s a problem too,” Kubiak said about the oblique. “He’s beat up.” If Mays can’t play, Jeff Tarpinian would be the next guy in, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. Darryl Sharpton is the main player who has been getting the calls since Brian Cushing went down.

Shane Lechler, who has missed practice for two days has a “really bad” flu, according to Kubiak. Lechler is actually in the hospital and is expected to be released on Friday. He “sent word” to Kubiak that he’ll be able to play against his former team on Sunday.

But if Lechler can’t play on Sunday, what will the Texans do?

“Go for it, I guess,” Kubiak joked before saying that kicker Randy Bullock could punt if necessary.

Kubiak also said Arian Foster had his back surgery on Thursday. It went well.

Ryan Griffin missed practice again. He’s going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mike Mohamed (hamstring) missed practice again.