News came down today that defensive lineman David Hunter, just added to the roster from the practice squad this week due to the Tim Jamison injury, suffered a toe injury in practice today. Hunter will require surgery, and doctors have apparently said it will be a three-month recovery process, which would effectively end his season. That will once again leave the Texans a bit thin on the defensive line. Once Hunter is formally placed on IR, they figure to add yet another defensive lineman. Tim Bulman is out there, but the Texans might want to go a younger, cheaper route.
Johnathan Joseph’s groin continues to be an issue, as has been heavily discussed this week. Joseph was limited in Friday practice after sitting out Wednesday through Thursday, and will be a game-time decision. As I’ve said before, I don’t know what the percentage is – but I’m pretty sure the number of guys Gary Kubiak has deemed a game-time decision who then went on to play that week is pretty low.
I have conflicting thoughts on this. Joseph is so key to what the Texans are able to do on defense, and we’ve now seen what we get when Joseph isn’t himself. Will two full weeks of rest get his groin in shape for him to play at the level we expect for the rest of the year? We don’t know, because we don’t know the severity of the injury – but if it’s fairly serious, I suspect the answer is no. That said, he’s obviously been able to play (poorly) through it, so it can’t be THAT bad.
If this was against an NFC opponent, or the game was more inconsequential, I would probably jump right up and scream that the Texans should sit J-Jo down and let him take advantage of the time off plus the following bye week. But this game against the Ravens could loom absolutely HUGE when it comes down to the end of the season, tiebreakers, home-field advantage, etc. It’s quite a quandary for Kubiak, especially when there’s always a chance Joseph could make the injury worse by playing just one more game.
Gun to my head right now? Hate to say it, but I sit him.