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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Graham out for finale, Keenum possible

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- Tight end Garrett Graham missed the past two games with a hamstring injury and Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips isn't expecting him to play this weekend in Nashville.

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Quarterback Case Keenum, meanwhile, was able to grip and throw the football on Thursday. Keenum sprained his thumb in Indianapolis and suffered ligament damage, which kept him out of this past Sunday's game. Matt Schaub started in his place, and the Texans lost 37-13.

Phillips said if Keenum is healthy, he will start. Part of figuring out if he's healthy enough will lie in examining how he feels tomorrow after taking his normal Thursday reps today.

"He looked okay," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "Missed some throws, but he looked okay. We'll let it rest at that. See how he responds."

Phillips is also pessimistic about the fate of running back Dennis Johnson, who made his first career start last weekend against the Denver Broncos. Johnson, an undrafted rookie who spent training camp with the Texans, suffered a hip injury. He was cut in September, then returned to the roster in October. It's not surprising he's pessimistic, given that he's been saying all week that Jonathan Grimes, a second-year player signed last week, is going to start in Nashville.

Phillips was asked if he's worried about his depth. He chuckled a bit as he answered.

"Well let's see, we're down to our fifth running back, our third tight end," he said. "Yes, I'm worried about it."