Houston Texans starting cornerback Kareem Jackson went down with a rib injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10, and he was unable to return to the game. Jackson’s injury didn’t look good at first glance, and it caused him to miss last week’s game against the Oakland Raiders. On the bright side, though, Jackson’s injury wasn’t too bad in the end, because he came very close to playing against the Raiders. In fact, Jackson ended up being a game-time decision before the Texans decided to rule their No. 2 corner inactive.
Although he isn’t practicing today to start the week, FOX’s Mark Berman reports that Jackson stated “chances are high” that he will be able to play this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even with the Texans struggles, a date with the Jaguars should be a breeze for this team. Getting Jackson back is huge, too, because the pass defense absolutely imploded last week. They managed to make Matt McGloin look like an All-Pro passer out there, and Brandon Harris is clearly a major downgrade to Jackson.
It’s great to hear that Jackson believes he will be out there, and it would be a shock to see him miss this week’s division game against the Jaguars. Even though he isn’t practicing today, Jackson is making good progress and is definitely a key starter on this defense. With 35 tackles and four passes defended this season, the 25-year-old Alabama product is in the middle of another solid campaign.