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Houston has more than just 'a problem'

J.J. Watt called Houston's performance against Atlanta "pitiful." Is the quarterback situation the Texans' only issue? Grantland: NFL winners and losers

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said in his press conference he wasn't sure where Kareem Jackson was in the concussion protocol, but the Texans later updated that Jackson passed the concussion test he took on Sunday and never entered the protocol. As such, Jackson was not listed on today's injury report. The Texans did not practice Monday, but estimated that if they did, S Quintin Demps, LB Akeem Dent, RB Jonathan Grimes, OLB Whitney Mercilus and WRs Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington would not have practiced. Quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was limited last week with a chest injury, was listed as a full participant.

Mallett To Stay Texans' Starter (3:04)
Johnson making return to Houston (0:44)

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback. Coach Bill O'Brien said given the short week it was especially important to have consistency at the position. "He knows he has to play better," O'Brien said. "He's gotta do a better job of throwing the ball more accurately, he's gotta be more controlled in the pocket. Don't turn it over. Get us into the right play."

Colts hoping added rest enables Luck to play (0:51)
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Foster doesn't reward patience

Arian Foster failed to live up to the hype in his much-anticipated season debut. The back ended up with just one fantasy point, disappointing owners who had patiently awaited his return. Fantasy winners and losers

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Is Hoyer back into the conversation?

Brian Hoyer got the Houston offense moving after replacing Ryan Mallett in the third quarter. Did Hoyer do enough to re-open the quarterback competition in Houston? Week 4 game balls

Freeman, Hoyer get game balls in Falcons' 48-21 win over Texans (1:47)

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans receiver Cecil Shorts was on the ground when a Falcons defensive lineman drove him into the turf. "It's football; I ain't going to say it was a dirty play," Shorts said. "(The injury) didn't happen until the last guy jumped on top of me. It wasn't needed, but it's football." Shorts suffered a significant injury to his left shoulder. It happened on the game's final play.


J.J. Watt: Texans play in rout was 'pitiful'

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who had a sack and three tackles for loss on Sunday, wasn't pleased with his team in a 48-21 loss to Atlanta that dropped Houston to 1-3.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

"We got whooped," Arian Foster said.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Newton said he got turned around on Arian Foster's fumble. "I was getting ready to turn back around," Newton said. "He was right there and I hit him somehow. Turned into a real bad play."

Falcons firing on all cylinders (2:26)

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Arian Foster said he was not 100 percent but came out of the game fine. Foster laughed at a question about ball security with a "next question." He later said his fumble was his fault, not right tackle Derek Newton's fault. Newton's arm seemed to knock the ball from Foster's grasp. "I didn't play well," Foster said.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien answered a string of questions by saying he's got to do a better job being a head coach. Declined to offer any specific thoughts about the 48-21 loss.

Team Stats

Passing Yards284.56th
Rushing Yards99.821st
Points For19.224th
Points Against27.0Tied-25th

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