Houston linebacking corps depleted by injuries as Texans prepare for Titans

The Houston Texans are hurting heading into the stretch run.

The Texans (10-1) go into Sunday's game at Tennessee (4-7) with a handful of worrisome injuries, most of them at linebacker.

Coach Gary Kubiak says outside linebacker Brooks Reed is going to miss time with a "significant" groin injury suffered in the Texans' 34-31 overtime win in Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Houston was already short-handed at linebacker after losing Brian Cushing for the season to a torn left knee ligament. Tim Dobbins, who took Cushing's role, hurt his left shoulder against Chicago, though he is expected to play on Sunday.

Kubiak says linebacker Bradie James (hamstring) and right tackle Derek Newton (right knee) are day to day.


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