Texans veteran starting safety Justin Reid has been ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after he suffered a concussion and didn't return to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Texans coach David Culley said Friday that Reid remains under the NFL concussion protocol.
He indicated that the primary safeties will be Eric Murray and Jonathan Owens with Reid and Terrence Brooks, who has a hamstring injury, sidelined.
A former third-round draft pick from Stanford, Reid is in the final year of his contract and not expected to return as a free agent. Reid has 53 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 11 games this season.
Reid isscheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022 after his four-year, $4.063 million rookie contract expires. Reid is being paid a $2.433 million base salary this year.
The younger brother of former Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid, Reid has seven career interceptions.
Meanwhile, Culley indicated that Texans running back Rex Burkhead has not been ruled out as potentially being able to play this week.
Burkhead returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday from hip and quadriceps injuries that forced him out of a 33-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks after rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries. Culley said that Burkhead, who has rushed for 166 yards and one touchdown and caught 13 passes for 106 yards, has a chance to play this week.
If Burkhead is out, then the Texans' primary running backs will be David Johnson and Royce Freeman. They can activate Darius Jackson or Darius Anderson from the practice squad, too, for additional depth.