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It is a truism that injuries are inevitable in professional sports, and football is no exception. The best antidote to these mishaps is keeping the roster stocked with enough quality replacements.
This is easier said than done, and has been made more difficult by the limitations of the salary cap. In an ideal world, Ben Jones and Derek Newton would be sitting on the Texans’ bench waiting for Mike Brisiel and Eric Winston to go down. Instead, they are getting on the job training as frontline players.
Already, the season ending injuries of Brian Cushing and Tim Jamison have pushed several teammates up the depth chart. Veteran Tim Dobbins and rookies Whitney Mercilus and Jared Crick will now see more action than they would under ideal circumstances.
To stay on top of the AFC and make their postseason dreams come true, there is a long list of players who must stay on the field and off injured reserve. With all the talent on this team, they are too numerous to list here. But think back to 2011, and recall how the continued presence of Matt Schaub could have changed their destiny.