Team-high 12 carries Saturday
Freeman had 12 carries for 25 yards in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over New Orleans. He caught all three of his targets for 19 yards.
The bulk of Freeman's work came in the second half, a signal that he's a depth back and on the bubble. The top three backs are Marlon Mack, Rex Burkhead (who did not play) and Dameon Pierce. The only thing to change that would be if Pierce, whose five carries for a team-high 49 yards, puts him on the radar for a larger role. If the Texans keep four running backs, which they usually do, it will come down to Freeman or Dare Ogunbowale (three snaps, one reception), but offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton may prefer to have a fullback, such as Andy Janovich, for that fourth spot.
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Johnson is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Brown (hip/shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Akins was elevated to the Texans' active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Jordan (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Chargers.
Brown (hip/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.
Pierce (hip) returned to a full practice Thursday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Jordan (ankle) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pierce (hip) was limited at practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Jordan (ankle) wasn't present for the open portion of Wednesday's practice and will be listed as a non-participant on the Texans' first Week 4 injury report, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Howard did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Bears in Week 3.