Texans might be down to starting their 5th-string RB on Sunday
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Texans might be down to starting their 5th-string RB on Sunday

Arian Foster @ArianFoster, out. Ben Tate @BenTateRB, out. We already knew that. But then the Texans' starting running back in Week 16, Dennis Johnson, suffered a hip injury, and his backup Deji Karim @KingKarim36 sustained a broken collarbone versus the Broncos. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Monday that Karim is definitely out and Johnson is questionable for the regular-season finale at the Titans.
There's also tough news on the defensive side of the ball for Houston as top corner Johnathan Joseph needs season-ending surgery to fix a torn ligament in a toe.

Fantasy Analysis:

So, who is No. 5? It's Jonathan Grimes, who carried the ball five times for 23 yards versus the Broncos. He has been signed and released by the Texans multiple times and has been a part of the the Jaguars and Jets in his two seasons. The Titans present a great matchup for any running back, but Grimes should be considered a last-ditch option in Week 17. As Johnson proved on Sunday, don't be too trusting of a running back just because the matchup is favorable and he's the starter.

Source:
John McClain via Twitter

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