Dealing with shoulder injury
Brown (shoulder) did not practice Thursday.
Brown was not on the injury report Wednesday, so that he was listed as a non-participant rather than a limited participant Thursday might indicate Brown developed the shoulder injury following Wednesday's practice. With no diagnosis or other clarity offered by Houston in the meantime, a wide range of outcomes are possible for Brown. If he returns to practice Friday he should have a good shot of playing against Chicago on Sunday, but if he misses Friday's practice then the Texans might need O.J. Howard to step up into a three-down role since fellow tight end Brevin Jordan (ankle) is also looking iffy for Sunday.
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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.
Brown caught three of four targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Chicago in Week 3.
Dorsett caught his lone target for 15 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Bears in Week 3.
Collins caught two of four targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Chicago in Week 3.