Atop depth chart with Burkhead
Mack and Rex Burkhead are listed as the first running backs on the Texans' unofficial depth chart for the preseason opener against the Saints on Saturday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The two veterans lead the position group, with Mack's name listed first. It was presumed the former Colt would be the team's lead back, but the Texans want to see him prove it during preseason game action, as Mack is coming off an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season and was used sparingly (six games, 57 snaps) in 2021. Dameon Pierce, a 2022 fourth-round pick out of Florida, is third in line.
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Gray didn't practice Thursday due to a hip issue, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mack was only on the field for three special teams snaps in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Mason received one carry for seven yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Jennings had one reception (three targets) for five yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Aiyuk caught three of eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.
Kittle (groin) hauled in four of five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.
Wilson rushed 12 times for 75 yards while adding three receptions for 31 yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Samuel caught five of eight targets for 73 yards and rushed five times for six yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Kittle (groin) has been cleared for Sunday's game against Denver, avoiding a designation on the 49ers' final injury report, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Kittle (groin) was limited at practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.