Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills both out for Thanksgiving showdown vs. Lions
The Houston Texans will be without two of their top receivers for a Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Detroit Lions. Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills will both be “Inactive” on Thursday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rapoport added Cobb has a “significant” toe injury, and is likely to miss multiple games as a result.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2020
Cobb played just five offensive snaps during last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots prior to sustaining the injury. Stills played four snaps before being sidelined due to a quad injury.
While the two wideouts are some of the more notable skill position acquisitions from the Bill O’Brien era, they have had a hard time asserting themselves in the passing game.
Stills was acquired in the trade that also landed the Texans star left tackle Laremy Tunsil. He had a respectable campaign in 2019, but has been a total non-factor this year. The 28-year-old had just 11 receptions and played just 27 percent of all offensive snaps in his first 10 games.
Cobb was signed in free agency shortly after O’Brien traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. He has fared better than Stills, hauling in 38 receptions for 441 yards and catching nearly 80 percent of his targets. However, the Texans will be without Cobb for the foreseeable future.
Houston has actually built a sliver of momentum, having won two of its last three games. The Texans also have a massive opportunity to keep the ball rolling against a Lions team struggling for momentum.
Deshaun Watson will have to hope Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks can pick up the slack with both Cobb and Stills out.