Texans injury update: 3 more players out

Texans injury update: 3 more players out
December 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Latest Texans injury news isn't good

Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety Duke Ihenacho (33) tackles Houston Texans running back Dennis Johnson (28) during the first half at Reliant Stadium.

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The Texans lost their third Pro Bowler for the season and Jonathan Grimes will start at running back.

Johnathan Joseph tore a ligament in his big toe, will undergo surgery and is done for the season. The Texans number one cornerback had three interceptions this season and is the only player on the team with more than one interception this year.

Joseph had two sports hernia surgeries during the offseason and heading into training camp said he felt the best he’s felt physically in years. The eight-year vet had a team-high 16 passes defensed to go along with 47 tackles.

And Houston is down to just one healthy running back. That’s Jonathan Grimes, who the team resigned last week due to all the injuries at the position. The Texans signed the undrafted free agent in 2012 and later waived him. He bounced around the NFL before his recent return to the team when Ben Tate was put on the Reserve/Injured list because of a lingering ribs injury.

Grimes will start at running back on Sunday as the injuries in the backfield continue to mount for the Texans. Running back Deji Karim broke his collarbone while fullback Brad Smelley tore his calf and both are out for the last game. Rookie running back Dennis Johnson, who made his first NFL start and had 12 carries for 29 yards, was also hurt in Sunday's game. He injured his hip and is questionable as of right now, according to interim head coach Wade Phillips. Clearly, the Texans will need to find help in the backfield for their last game.

“Obviously with (Deji) Karim out, we’ll have to get somebody in, out for sure,” said Phillips at Monday’s press conference.. “And then Dennis Johnson obviously hurt. Like I said, we’re down to one (Grimes) and he’s only been here a week. ‘Yes’ would be the answer to that.”

Quarterback Case Keenum injured his right thumb in the 25-3 loss to Indianapolis on Dec. 15 and his status is still unknown for Sunday’s season finale at Tennessee.

“We will practice tomorrow and we will see where Case (Keenum) is,” Phillips said. “He’s been rehabbing and been in a splint for a whole week, so we’ll see how he is.”