The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without Shamarko Thomas, Steve McLendon, Ike Taylor and possibly Ryan Shazier when the Houston Texans come to town Monday night. Talk about the injury bug striking a defense.
The Houston Texans aren't quite as banged up as the Steelers, but they have injuries which could make an impact on the game Monday night.
The most notable injury is Jadeveon Clowney's knee. The Texans have listed the first overall draft pick in 2014 as questionable heading into the game at Heinz Field Monday.
Clowney was forced to have surgery on his knee early in the season, and was forced to miss 6 weeks of action in his rookie season. Although the questionable tag technically means the player has a 50-50 chance of playing, the ramifications of his spot in the lineup could loom large.
J.J. Watt is the most dominant defensive player in the NFL, and when you put a dynamic player like Clowney on the field you take attention away from Watt, which could mean trouble for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense.
Other notable injuries for the Texans are Brian Cushing (knee), Andre Hopkins (hand), Andre Johnson (ankle), Jonathan Joseph (knee) and Arian Foster (groin) are all listed as probable and were full participants in practice Saturday.