Texans DBs go forward minus Brice McCain

I wrote just a bit ago about how the Texans really need Johnathan Joseph and Brice McCain back in action to have a reasonable chance of slowing down Tom Brady in New England.

So much for the McCain part of that equation.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle just tweeted:

McCain suffered the injury midway through the Texans' win in Nashville on Sunday.

If Joseph returns, the Texans will move on with their two starting corners (Joseph and Kareem Jackson) and Brandon Harris replacing McCain as the nickel.

If Joseph cannot return, the Texans will be in position to play Roc Carmichael or Alan Ball, who was out in Nashville with a foot injury, opposite Jackson with Harris as the nickelback.

Joseph played a couple of games earlier this season while dealing with a groin injury and struggled. Even if he’s not at full strength coming off a hamstring issue this time, he should be better than the alternatives.

No matter who’s available in the secondary, the pass rush will need an effort like it got against Tennessee despite facing better protection and a far better quarterback.