Cushing is coming back from a torn knee ligament and a broken fibula. Head coach Bill O'Brien is unsure when exactly he'll return to practice. Nix has a meniscus injury he's dealing with. Williams was placed on IR before last season with an injury.
Texans select Jadeveon Clowney
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/8/14) With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina.
The 6-5, 266-pound athletic pass rusher notched a school-best 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012 before his production tailed off when opposing offenses paid a ton of attention to him as a senior.
Clowney will form a potent pass rush with J.J. Watt, and he will make the Texans defense and DST a formidable unit. The Texans were No. 7 in total defense in the NFL in 2013 with 32 sacks. As a Fantasy unit, the Texans DST ranked last at No. 32.
Brian Cushing says he's 100 percent
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/14) Posting a picture of himself with his son from a beach, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said via Twitter that he's been cleared for football. Cushing missed the last nine games of last season with a knee injury.
"Quick Trip to Pensacola with my lead blocker, better believe I'm 100% #beachday #cleared #fivesixback," he wrote.
Texans cut Evan Frierson
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/6/14) The Texans plan to cut linebacker Evan Frierson, reports FOX Sports.
The report says Frierson, who spent 2013 on injured reserve, is being cut because the new coaching staff in Houston is "going in a different direction."
Brian Cushing still not close to full recovery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/3/14) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who missed the last nine games of the 2013 season with a knee injury, estimated that he will need up to another two months of rehab before he recovers fully, the team website has reported.
Cushing registered 48 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks before sustaining the injury.
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Perhaps the biggest shocker from 2013 was the Texans DST, loaded with talent, finish as the worst DST in Fantasy Football. Don't expect it again in 2014. The team switched defensive coordinators and will lean on Romeo Crennel, who says he'll use multiple fronts to keep offenses guessing. The Texans already had a strong front seven but added linebacker Jadeveon Clowney in the NFL draft, giving them a unit that should generate a ton of pressure on the quarterback. They also have a schedule devoid of elite quarterbacks including matchups in the first four weeks against Washington, Oakland, the Giants and the Bills, so there's a real good chance they'll come out of the gate hot and potentially rebound to at least a decent Fantasy option. It would not be a mistake to invest a pick in the last two rounds of the draft in the Texans.