New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not play in Sunday night’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
With Beckham sidelined, second-year receiver Roger Lewis is expected to take a majority of his snaps. Offseason acquisition Brandon Marshall is also expected to play a bigger role.
There is a five-step process to be cleared from the concussion protocol, including a step that says a player must return to practice as a full participant. Due to the short week, the Texans only have one practice before the game.
Ellington was the Texans’ No. 2 receiver on Sunday, with Will Fuller out with a broken collarbone and Jaelen Strong suspended.
Strong will be back for Week 2, but Houston will still be without Fuller. Along with DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans have Braxton Miller and Andy Jones available at wide receiver. Running back Tyler Ervin could see time at receiver as well.
If the three tight ends are not cleared to play, the Texans could promote Evan Baylis from the practice squad. The undrafted free agent had four catches for 32 yards in three preseason games.
“New head coaches will hire former head coaches (on their staff), but I think there’s reluctance for the first-time general manager to hire a former GM because of concerns it would show weakness and sometimes reservations when you’re not totally self-secure. It’s like, ‘This guy might end up taking my spot because he may know how to play office politics a little better or he has more seasoning.'”
The offset is having an advisor who can offer guidance about how to handle what Dominik called “all the other stuff that comes across your plate.”