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Texans CB Johnathan Joseph suffers neck injury

James Palmer of the NFL Network reports that Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph suffered a neck injury during the team’s game versus the Cleveland Browns. The injury has been classified as a “stinger”  and Joseph is expected to play next week when the Texans take on their division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts.

The injury occurred in the first half of the game when Joseph collided with Cleveland’s rookie running back Nick Chubb. Even without Joseph, the Texans were able to defeat the Browns 29-13. This is Houston’s ninth straight victory, the longest such active streak in the league. The Texans now sit at 9-3 and lead the Colts in the AFC South by three games.

The Texans were 0-3 coming off a loss to the previously also winless New York Giants when they got their first win of the year, beating the Colts 37-34 in overtime. In that gam,e Joseph lead all Texans with seven solo tackles and one assisted tackle.

Joseph, 34, has an interception on the season, which he recorded when he took a Nathan Peterman pass back for a pick six in Week 6.

The Texans’ defense has been driving this hot streak for Houston, Football Outsiders lists their defense as the fourth best in the league by DVOA. A large portion of that comes from the team having a healthy J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney for the first time in several seasons, but Joseph has been solid in the secondary for the Texans.

Whether the team’s streak continues to 10 straight wins or not will likely come down to how they contain Andrew Luck. Luck’s streak of eight straight games with three passing touchdowns came to an end with a disappointing 6-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luck completed 33 of his 52 attempts for 248 yards and one interception.