The Texans' offense will be heading into Minnesota tomorrow with three key components hobbling just a little bit. WR Andre Davis is out with an injured finger, HB Ahman Green is listed as questionable with a thigh injury and WR Kevin Walter is listed as probable with a knee injury. Texans' Head Coach Gary Kubiak on the injury situation: “Ahman did practice today (Friday). I have to go back and evaluate how he practiced. Most of his work was with the scout team, but he did practice throughout the practice. He’s going to be a game time decision....No, I can’t tell. I’ll talk to him and see what I thought about his work today. We’re probably looking at a workout Sunday morning before the game to see if we think he can help us, but the other kids are ready to go. They’ve got all the work. (RB Ryan) Moats has got all the work. (RB) Cecil’s (Sapp) got a little bit. So, they’re ready to go...Well, we need everybody. But if he says he can’t go and he’s not close to 100 percent, then we have to give those other guys a chance. That’s just part of it. But we could definitely use him if he was healthy....There will probably be a game-time decision on how many guys we suit up. Other than that we’re OK. Kevin is back to full speed, so Ahman should be the only question going into Sunday morning.””
With Walter going, that will help take the pressure off of Andre Johnson. Especially with Davis out. One of the big helps to the Texans' offense has been Schaub's ability to use all of his receivers so that, when defenses focus on taking Andre away, Schaub has been able to find second and third targets, especially in the red zone, to go to. Johnson is on the verge of setting two NFL records in Sunday’s game at Minnesota. The wide receiver can become the first player to have five consecutive games with more than 130 receiving yards and the first to record 10-plus receptions for four consecutive games. “I think if it was to happen, after the season was over, it would be a great accomplishment for a person to do something like that,” Johnson said. “But that’s something that you can’t worry about. You just have to go out and play. You can’t worry about records and things like that, because when you worry about those things, it kind of takes away from the game.” The Vikings’ pass defense ranks 20th in the league, allowing 219.4 yards per game.
If Green is unable to go, the Texans should be covered after their acquisition of former Eagle Moats before the Bengals' game. Moats got some work in against the Bengals and will be at the very least an adequate option to spell Steve Slaton tomorrow against the Vikings. Slaton has 476 yards rushing in seven games, the fastest start in team history for a rookie. But he may face his toughest test yet against the Williams DTs, Pat and Kevin. “You just have to take what they give you,” Slaton said. “Hopefully, they slip up and give you a little bit more. You have to be smart on your decisions because they are already good enough and aren’t going to give too much away.” Slaton is third place among rookies in combined rushing and receiving yards with 601.
The Vikings have allowed 5 special teams' related touchdowns in 7 games this season while Jacoby Jones has returned 2 punts for touchdowns in the last 3. The stars look good for another return for Jones tomorrow. But, will Jacoby's mom have an endzone seat in the Metrodome? Jones’ 73- and 70-yard touchdown returns have helped him earn a 14.7-yard average over 15 returns. That is second only to Saints running back Reggie Bush’s 20.4 among all returners with more than seven attempts. “I saw where Reggie Bush could have had three on them, but he took two back on them,” Jones said. “There’s some tweaks in there. Maybe they fixed them, maybe not, but we’re going to try.”