Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: NFL Week 4 Preview

By Stephanie Umek
Akeem Ayers against Lions

It is going to be a battle in the AFC South this weekend. The Tennessee Titans landed in Houston this afternoon as they get ready to take on the perfect Houston Texans. There are many injuries though that took take a toll on either team.

For the Tennessee Titans, middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is still sitting due to an ankle injury suffered in the season opener against the New England Patriots. Wide receiver Kenny Britt has been very limited in practice due to an ankle injury suffered last week against the Detroit Lions he has only done a few individual drills this week.

“I am not going to lie, it is still nagging me a little bit,” he said of his ankle. “And I am not going to go out there if I am not feeling confident and if I can’t give my 100 percent effort.” As of Friday afternoon, he is questionable.

Tight end Jared Cook is listed as probable despite a nagging shoulder injury. Defensive tackle Mike Martin (foot) and tackle Mike Otto (finger/knee) are both listed as questionable.

Now guard Leroy Harris is listed as probable due to a knee injury. Harris was also hit late this week with a $10,000 fine by the NFL for a late hit on Stephen Tulloch last week against the Lions.

Running back Javon Ringer is also listed as probable, he played last week as his elbow infection has been cleared. The injury is only listed as a precaution.

Fortunately for the Titans the Texans also have a lot of injuries, but a majority of the players are all listed as probable. This includes a knee injury to star running back Arian Foster and groin injury to wide receiver Andre Johnson. However, with the way those two play, they will be just fine for Sunday’s game.

Some other injuries that could affect the Texans this week include a knee injury to wide receiver Lestar Jean, he will not play. Safety Quintin Demps (thumb), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin), guard Antoine Caldwell (ankle), defensive end Antonio Smith (ankle/illness) are all listed as probable.

Linebackers Mister Alexander (knee),  Bryan Braman (hamstring),  Tim Dobbins (hamstring), Bradie James (chest), and Jesse Nading (knee), Connor Barwin (knee) and Brooks Reed (hip), along with safeties Shiloh Keo (thumb) and Glover Quin (hand), and cornerbacks Brice McCain (knee), and Alan Ball (foot), are all listed as probable.

An interesting injury is that of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, who has irritated his left shoulder and right elbow. Schaub has five touchdown passes and only one interception this season for a total of 751 yards. Not having him will be a huge advantage for the Titans. But all looks well for him, he is listed as probable.

The Titans now sit uncomfortably at (1-2), the Texans however are (3-0) and are arguably the best team not only in the division, or the conference but maybe the entire league. It’s going to be hard to get into the playoffs if you can’t get out of your own division.

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