The Houston Texans have made a strategic move by promoting kicker Matt Ammendola from the practice squad in preparation for their upcoming game against the Denver Broncos. This decision was part of a roster maneuver involving Derek Barnett, as Ammendola takes on kicking duties until the regular kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn, returns to the lineup. The Texans aim to maintain their momentum following a recent victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a crucial win that placed them in contention for the top spot in the AFC South.
In other NFL news, the Indianapolis Colts face a setback as star running back Jonathan Taylor will be sidelined for “several weeks” due to hand surgery. Taylor, who has amassed 414 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season, leaves a notable void in the Colts’ offensive lineup. Additionally, the Colts made a surprising roster move by waiving All-Pro linebacker Shaq Leonard after six years with the team. Leonard’s playing time and productivity had declined this season, marking a significant change for the veteran player.
The Houston Texans’ recent success on the field has sparked enthusiasm among fans, with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud earning “MVP” chants after a pivotal touchdown against the Jaguars. Stroud orchestrated a comeback, connecting with wideout Nico Collins and fellow rookie Tank Dell for crucial plays. Running back Devin Singletary contributed to the offensive surge with explosive plays, highlighting the team’s resilience and offensive prowess.
Furthermore, the Texans made a roster addition by signing defensive back Desmond King II to the practice squad. King, who had previously played 33 games with 25 starts for the Texans, was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers in October, providing an opportunity for the Texans to bring him back into the fold.
In a lighter moment, Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud engaged in banter with NFL legend Tom Brady during a podcast appearance. The two discussed Stroud’s rapid rise in his rookie campaign and exchanged playful jabs about the upcoming college football matchup between Stroud’s Ohio State Buckeyes and Brady’s Michigan Wolverines.
The banter escalated into a lighthearted bet, with Brady offering one of his Super Bowl rings if Ohio State wins and Stroud wagering his youth, agility, and future NFL years if Michigan prevails. Despite Michigan’s recent victories, Stroud remains confident, given Ohio State’s historical dominance in the series.