Road Blocks for the Texans: Staying Healthy
In this series we will look at potential road blocks for the Houston Texans heading into the 2012 season. This is part 3 of the series.
Let’s be honest, the 2011 Houston Texans seemed to be snake bitten every week when it came to an injury. It started during training camp and carried on throughout the season and it was so bad that Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson only played 2 1/2 quarters together, a total of 51 plays. Now when your three biggest offensive weapons only play that limited time of time together, NFL teams are not supposed to win 10 games, the AFC South title, a playoff game, and almost beat a full strength Baltimore Ravens team in the AFC Divisional playoffs. Injuries usually prevent that type of success but the Texans were able to defy the odds and turn the 2011 season into something magical.
To think the Texans could defy those odds once again if the rash of injuries hits Reliant again, it would be hard to think they could pull out the same results. Injuries will occur but happening to their main weapons is where the Texans can’t afford the same luck. This team will only be as good as Schaub, Johnson and Foster will take them offensively and defensively it rests in the hands of players like J.J. Watt, Johnathan Joseph and Brian Cushing.
When the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011, they placed 15 players on injured reserve but the biggest difference was WHO was injured. The Packers’ main weapons were not injured, the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews Jr., Charles Woodson (injured in Super Bowl), Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson were all healthy.
Shelley Smith (Ankle) and Lestar Jean (Shoulder) placed on I.R.
Roc Carmichael placed on I.R. (Shoulder)
Rashad Butler placed on I.R. (Triceps)
Mario Williams placed on I.R. (Pectoral)
Dominique Barber placed on I.R. (Foot)
Matt Schaub placed on I.R. (Foot)
Matt Leinart placed on I.R. (Shoulder)
Brett Hartmann placed on I.R. (ACL)
Games Missed Due to injury
Andre Johnson- 7 games (Hamstring)
Danieal Manning- 3 games (Leg)
Kevin Walter- 1 game (Shoulder)
Arian Foster- 3 games (Hamstring)
Ben Tate- 1 game (Groin)
Sherrick McManis- 6 games (Ankle)
Troy Nolan- 2 games (Ankle)
James Casey- 2 games (Pectoral)
Mike Brisiel- 3 games (Leg)
The Texans had 20 players miss time with injuries in 2011 but the names that missed time is what is most concerning. The idea of having Schaub and Johnson to play a complete 16 game season together again should be on Texans’ fan wish list, which has not happened since 2009. Both Schaub and Johnson were off the charts statistically that season and showed what they can do together in the Texans offense. If season-ending injuries can be avoided, the sky is the limit for the offense when all systems are go in all the skill positions.
The talent for the Texans is on the 2012 roster but they have to avoid the injury bug to make it to their ultimate goal. This is the one “potential” road block the Texans really can’t control but it could be the biggest factor in the team’s final outcome of the 2012 season.
If you missed Part One of the Texans’ “Potential Road Blocks”, you can see it here.
Also Part Two is available, you can see it here.