Texans' shorthanded at practice due to non-COVID illnesses

One day after not holding practice as a precautionary measure due to non-COVID illnesses, several players remained sidelined Thursday as the Texans returned to practice.

Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley and starting running back David Johnson didn't practice along with starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell due to illnesses.

Cooks leads the Texans with 62 receptions for 704 yards and three touchdowns.

Several players have dealt with flu symptoms in recent weeks, including wide receiver Davion Davis.

Also not practicing: wide receiver Danny Amendola (arthroscopic knee surgery, torn meniscus), safety Terrence Brooks (hamstring), defensive end DeMarcus Walker (hamstring), center-guard Justin McCray, who's in the concussion protocol and quarterback Deshaun Watson (non-injury reasons-personal matter).

Center Cole Toner (ilness) practiced on a limited basis.

Defensive ends Jon Greenard (foot) and Jacob Martin (shin) practiced after being listed as limited.

The Texans' offensive line is expected to be comprised of left tackle Tytus Howard, left guard Lane Taylor, right guard Max Scharping and right tackle Charlie Heck on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. 

The Texans are hopeful of veteran center Justin Britt returning and his status will be determined by the end of the week. If he can't go after returning to practice last week when he was designated for return from injured reserve, then rookie Jimmy Morrissey would start his fourth game in a row.

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