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Texans news: Houston reportedly has five players in concussion protocol

Bill O'Brien, Texans

There were many bumps and bruises along the way in the Houston Texans’ disappointing showing on Sunday, losing the season opener 27-9 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Houston saw five of their players (linebacker Brian Cushing, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, and all three tight ends on the roster in C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson) suffer head injuries that put them out of action on Sunday afternoon.

According to Sarah Barshop of ESPN, head coach Bill O’Brien stated on Monday that each of these players will likely be out for Thursday’s tilt in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I would say that most of those guys are probably going to be out for the game, relative to it being a short week,” O’Brien said. “I don’t know yet, but relative to the game being on Thursday night, that’s usually the case based on the protocol and all the tests they have to pass to be able to get back on the field.”

With the increased attention toward concussions in the last several years, there is now a five-step procedure that players must pass first before getting back onto the field. This alone makes it quite difficult to proceed through given that there is just one practice scheduled for this week before Thursday’s game.

The number of concussions suffered by the Texans is quite stirring given not only how high it is, but how it’s concentrated at the tight end position. Even with there being a huge emphasis on player safety from the league, it’s not often to see this occur. Houston will take the process carefully and slowly with the players involved to avoid any setbacks.

If none of their three tight ends are able to get medical clearance to play against the Bengals, the Texans may promote Evan Baylis from the practice squad.