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Texans vs. Patriots injury report: CB Johnathan Joseph, LB Bradie James expected to play

The Texans have a large portion of their team listed on their Friday injury report, but the good news is that Johnathan Joseph and Bradie James are likely to play Monday night.

Bob Levey

The Houston Texans have 19 players listed on their Friday's injury report, but only three of those players did not practice. The big news coming from Friday's practice is that starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph and starting linebacker Bradie James are expected to play on Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Head coach Gary Kubiak stopped short of saying that the two would suit up on Monday:

"It's a long week. We've still got three more days before we play," Kubiak said. "All the steps have been positive. He [Joseph] did more today than yesterday. The same thing with Bradie. They're heading toward playing, but we've got to be smart with them."

"If they all come out of practice fine tomorrow [Saturday], they should be ready to go. But's not like they took 100 percent of the snaps today."

Joseph is the Texans best cornerback, and he has missed the last two games with a groin injury; while James missed last week's game with the same hamstring injury that has limited him this week in practice. As Kubiak said, if both are able to practice on Saturday then they should be playing on Monday.

Here is Friday's injury report for the Texans:

Alan Ball DB Foot DNP DNP - -
Antoine Caldwell G Hamstring LP FP - -
Shaun Cody DT Ribs/Back LP LP - -
Jared Crick DE Neck FP FP - -
Owen Daniels TE Back FP FP - -
Tim Dobbins LB Shoulder LP LP - -
Garrett Graham TE Concussion LP LP - -
Bradie James ILB Hamstring LP LP - -
Lestar Jean WR Knee FP FP - -
Johnathan Joseph CB Hamstring/Groin LP LP - -
Whitney Mercilus LB Hip FP FP - -
Jesse Nading OLB Foot FP FP - -
Derek Newton T Knee LP DNP - -
DeVier Posey WR Knee/Hamstring FP FP - -
Brooks Reed OLB Groin DNP DNP - -
Antonio Smith DE Ankle LP LP - -
Wade Smith G Knee/Ribs LP LP - -
Ben Tate RB Hamstring FP FP - -
T.J. Yates QB R. Elbow FP FP - -

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