HOUSTON — Entering the weekend, Houston Texans starting defensive end Jon Greenard was listed as questionable for Sunday's road game at the Tennessee Titans due to a foot injury.
Although limited in practice this week, there was a chance the Texans' top pass-rusher will play Sunday. But on Saturday, the Texans not only ruled him out, but also did not include him in the traveling party.
Veteran safety Terrence Brooks was activated from designated for return from injured reserve after he returned to practice this week. He was placed on injured reserve with a lung contusion that caused him to be hospitalized in Indianapolis as he remained there overnight under observation after getting hurt in a loss to the Colts.
Brooks has played in six games this season with one start, recording six tackles.
Brooks has 108 career tackles and four career interceptions since being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens out of Florida State. He has also played for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Texans elevated defensive end Derek Rivers, a former New England Patriots second-round draft pick from Youngstown State, to the active roster from the practice squad.
Texans' Jon Greenard out with foot injury
Brown has averaged 6.8 catches and 111.8 yards per game against the Texans heading into Sunday's game.
Former second-rounder has earned more responsibility after struggling earlier this season
They placed linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. on injured reserve due to a concussion.
Greenard leads the 1-8 Texans with seven sacks. With Greenard is unable to play, the former third-round draft pick from Florida will be replaced in the starting lineup by Jordan Jenkins, who has 1 1/2 sacks and three tackles for losses..
Tight end Pharaoh Brown participated fully and is set return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury.
And the Titans? They continue to succeed despite some adversity.
We note here the deep respect the Texans have for the abilities of Simmons ("Aaron Donald-like'') and we note here how the Titans have continued to plow on despite the loss of rushing star Derrick Henry.