Titans-Texans Friday injury report and preview thoughts


Courtesy of NFL.com, here are the official injury reports:
Out: TE Mark Bruener (hamstring), DT Travis Johnson (knee)
Doubtful: RB Ahman Green (knee)
Probable: OT Ephraim Salaam (knee)
Out: QB Vince Young (knee)
Questionable: LB Colin Allred (ankle), WR Justin Gage (groin), DE Jacob Ford (chest)
Probable: CB Nick Harper (ankle)
With the injury to Green, Steve Slaton is expected to start at running back for the Texans. For the Titans, I wouldn’t be surprised to see William Hayes get to play in his second NFL game, and Lavelle Hawkins make his regular season NFL debut.
I’m personally particularly interested in this game because it’ll be the first “home” game I’ve attended in person since this one two cities and three stadiums ago. Since then, I’ve seen the Titans in St. Louis, Indianapolis a couple times, Cincinnati, and most recently Green Bay, but never in a home game, so I figured it was time to check out LP Field. In terms of on the field action, though, here’s what I’m most interested in getting a good look at:
1. How the Titans defend WR Andre Johnson. The Sporting News gives Finnegan the edge in this matchup, but it won’t necessarily be much, if any, of a matchup-NFL teams simply don’t match their corners up like that very often. I expect to see a lot of Michael Griffin rolled Johnson’s way.
2. Texans RT Eric Winston. Texans fans, like these guys (nicer over email than on the blog), are very high on him. Is that legit? Will it matter with KVB on the other side and Haynesworth creating havoc in the middle?
3. Pass route combinations, and if anybody can get open. The Titans don’t have a go to receiver, and Gage, who’s the #! target, is doubtful.
4. Carries to somebody who hits the hole quickly, and not LenDale White. I feel like I could write a post in how long he takes to get to the hole.
5. LB Keith Bulluck. Profiled recently in the Tennesseean, he’s always a good guy to watch-lost at least half a step from c. 2004, but a good defensive player to watch on a given play.
6. The Titans tackle Texans KOR Andre Davis on kickoff returns. This worries me-the Titans have been poor at tackling kickoff returners so far this year, and weren’t very good at it last year either.
7. A Titans win. It’s more fun to be able to yell, scream, and cheer with people who want the same result you do, than in an opposing stadium. I’ve only had positive experiences in opposing stadiums, but it’s a different feeling when you’re 1 of 500 people cheering in a section instead of 3.


5 Responses to “Titans-Texans Friday injury report and preview thoughts”

  1. jrtitans Says:

    hopefully we wont see sage rosenfels in the game and win this one going away.
    Im predicting Hawk gets McCareins job after this game.

  2. Scott Says:

    The Titans should win this one handily. There are two things that I am looking for this weekend.
    The first is whether KC will be able to torch the Texans’ secondary again this year like he did last year. If he can do that, then the Texans won’t be able to key on the running game and the Titans should put up a lot of points.
    The second thing (and this is your sixth point Tom) is special teams and whether the Titans can limit the return yards that Andre Davis puts up. After the first two weeks, this is the most glaring weakness of this team and if the PR and KR coverage doesn’t improve against a team like the Texans (that have a very good KR/PR unit), the Titans could blow this one.

  3. Seth Leonard Says:

    Whats the word on the Gage/Hawkins situation. I’m trying to juggle some fantasy spots; I have Gage, but don’t necessarily ever want to play him, let alone not pick up/play Hawk if he’s gonna get some significant playing time.

  4. Robert F. Ludwick Says:

    I tell you what, seeing what’s going on with Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson, I really, really hope that Titans management hit the gold mine with Hawkins and he breaks out. Because if he doesn’t, then people will slam the Titans for not taking a wide receiver in the second round… Oye.
    We need a breakout wide receiver, and with Collins throwing the ball… who knows!

  5. Seth Leonard Says:

    Well, looks like as of this morning Hawk is up as the #2 receiver on the depth chart. Gage will sit, and B-Jones will only be in on big sets. I’m gonna go with a long shot and play Hawk for the fantasy game. Get em, boy!

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