Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt, and Johnathan Joseph limited in practice
The Houston Texans will begin their quest for their first Super Bowl title this Saturday when they play host to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, but they might be hobbled during the process.
According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Johnathan Joseph were all limited during practice on Tuesday due to various injuries.
So, your best offensive player, your best defensive player and a starting cornerback?
No big deal.
The good news on the Hopkins front is that he has been dealing with this current ankle issue for a couple of weeks and has still produced 100-yard performances, so he will probably be alright.
Watt’s elbow issue, though, is a new development, as he sustained the injury during the Texans’ season-ending win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watt insists he is fine, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
As for Joseph? Well, his circumstances are a bit different, as he was sidelined during Houston’s season finale with a neck injury, so this is a problem that he has been dealing with and has actually missed time as a result.
The Texans went 11-5 on the year, their best mark since 2012 and second-best record in franchise history. As a result, Houston won its third AFC South division title in the last four seasons, which is quite an impressive feat.
However, the Texans have never made it past the Divisional Round of the playoffs before, and in an AFC that appears to be wide open, this could be the best opportunity they have ever had to finally get to the AFC Championship Game.