Texans have 1 more chance to end skid at Tennessee

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have one last chance to end their skid and avoid tying the worst record in franchise history when they travel to Tennessee for the season finale Sunday.

Houston's fans might be hoping for a season-ending 14-game slide, since another loss would clinch the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.

"It's something you don't want to have happen, but who knows," Andre Johnson said of the possibility of losing again. "We'll see what happens Sunday. We're going to go out there and try to win, and hopefully we don't have to go into the offseason with a losing streak."

The already banged-up Texans will be in even worse shape against the Titans because of several new injuries.

Top cornerback Johnathan Joseph is out with a torn ligament in his big toe and last week's starting running back Dennis Johnson is questionable with a hip injury. Deji Karim, his backup in the last game, is also out after breaking his collarbone Sunday.

That means the Texans are likely to have to start Jonathan Grimes, whom they signed off the street on Wednesday, at running back against Tennessee.

Grimes will be the fifth different running back Houston has started this season.

The Texans lost star Arian Foster for the season after back surgery in November and backup Ben Tate was placed on the injured reserve with a rib injury last week.

Interim coach Wade Phillips said they would also sign at least one running back this week because of the injuries.

There's also uncertainty at quarterback with Phillips saying Monday that he isn't sure if Case Keenum will return this week after sitting out against the Broncos with a thumb injury.

"We will practice tomorrow and we will see where Case is," Phillips said. "He's been rehabbing and been in a splint for a whole week, so we'll see how he is."

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