Texans declared CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) inactive for Thursday's game against the Lions.
It's a major blow to a Texans secondary that gave up 354 yards and four touchdowns to Chad Henne last week. Look for burnable No. 2 corner Kareem Jackson to see a lot of time on Calvin Johnson and get exploited while fill-in Alan Ball lines up on the other side. The Texans will also be without backup RB Ben Tate (hamstring), LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder) and NT Shaun Cody (back). Their other inactives are WR DeVier Posey (knee), OT Andrew Gardner and G Cody White.