(SportsRadio 610) - The Texans have a number of players banged up and dealing with various injuries as many teams do this time of year. But entering their week four tilt against the Chargers, they’re remarkably healthy when it comes to their starters and regular contributors.
Tight end Brevin Jordan, who missed the Bears game with an ankle injury and could miss this Sunday, is the only regular contributor that has missed a game due to injury thus far.
Rookie running back Dameon Pierce was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury, but his injury is not regarded as anything serious.
Meanwhile, as the Chargers get set to visit the Texans Sunday afternoon at NRG, they’ll be without one of the best players, as have all three of the Texans' previous opponents through the first three weeks of the season.
Chargers star linebacker Joey Bosa, 27, suffered a groin injury in their week three 38-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. All-Pro left tackle Rashawn Slater, a Houston-area native, is also out for the season with a ruptured biceps tendon suffered last week against the Jaguars.
That lucky break for the Texans this week, will require surgery for Bosa, who is expected to return later this season according to Chargers head coach Brandon Staley.
With the Chargers reeling after two straight losses, following an impressive 24-19 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders to open the season, their quarterback, Justin Herbert is banged up and battling through a rib injury.
Herbert could be without his best receiver Keenan Allen, who injured his hamstring in the first half against the Raiders and has missed the last two games.
One of their better speed guys in the receiver core, Jaylon Guyton will also miss, landing on IR after suffering a torn ACL during last Sundays game against the Jaguars.
Whether it be the Texans' inability to take advantage of field position, turnovers, poor coaching and play calling by the opposition or failed third-and-short situations, they’ve also been unable to capitalize on the opposition being at less than full strength.
Week one, the Colts played without arguably their best defensive player, linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who missed with a back injury. But the Texans' rushing offense averaged a second-rate 2.8 yards-per-carry on 28 attempts in the 20-20 tie.
Week two, the Broncos played without their starting right guard Quinn Meinerz, as well as All-Pro safety Justin Simmons, who suffered a quad injury that landed him on IR.
Yet, the Texans' run defense still surrendered 149 yards on the ground, failed to take advantage of one of the worst first half performances in Russell Wilson’s career (just 6-for-19 through the air for 93 yards and throwing an interception on the first drive of the second half to boot).
Not to mention, offensively, Davis Mills completed just 50% of his passes going 19-of-38 in the air while being sacked three times on the game in the 16-9 loss.
Then, week three, the Bears played without up and coming cornerback Jaylon Johnson and starting running back David Montgomery, who left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury and did not return.
Backup running back Khalil Herbert picked up the slack and gashed the Texans for 157 yards on the ground, including two touchdowns and Texans quarterback Davis Mills threw his first two interceptions of the season in the Bears' 23-20 win.
Opponents missing impact players and the Texans missing every opportunity.
Will they seize it Sunday, as they search for their first win in nearly 10 months?
Shaun Bijani has spent the last 16 years covering the Houston sports scene for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunBijani.