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The Texans are reeling. In the midst of a god-awful 2-6 season where they have only beaten the division rival, 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars, they fired coach and operations manager Bill O’Brien, J.J. Watt has all but said he wants out, and this morning they fired VP of Communications Amy Palcic for not being “a cultural fit,” per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Now they will be without starting running back David Johnson. Johnson, acquired in the mind-boggling Deandre Hopkins trade, is currently in the concussion protocol. He suffered the concussion last week against the Jags. Johnson is averaging four yards per carry on the year.

Duke, the other Johnson, will likely step into the starting role against the Browns on Sunday. In limited action, Duke Johnson has averaged less than half a yard per carry, though he got 2.6 per in relief last week. Houston’s misery continues against the 8th ranked yards per carry defense.

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  • Cleveland starting running back Nick Chubb returned from IR on Monday. Chubb has not played since injuring his MCL in Dallas in week 4. Kareem Hunt has been decent in relief, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, but he has not found the end zone on the ground since that game.
  • Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is practicing fully this week. He missed week 9 with a groin injury but is expected to be able to suit up Thursday night. Hilton is having a terrible fantasy season. He scored in double-digits one time so far and has not found the endzone.
  • Gardner Minshew, sidelined with a thumb injury requiring surgery, will miss another week. Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone was non-committal when discussing the quarterback position upon Minshew’s return. Rookie Jake Luton will get another shot this week to show off his skills.

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