Texans head coach Dom Capers said Friday coaches will make a decision on Sunday whether running back Tony Hollings will play against the Detroit Lions.
Capers said Hollings – the primary backup to Domanick Davis – has an "irritation" in his right knee. Hollings hurt the knee during Thursday's practice. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the same knee in 2002.
"We were doing the screen drill and I guess I came out of the cut wrong because when I was running, it just kind tweaked it a little bit," Hollings said Thursday. "There was pain in the knee ... It wasn't feeling like it felt when I tore it in college."
Hollings has been downgraded to questionable on the latest injury report. He rushed three times for 10 yards and caught one pass in the Texans season opener against Detroit.
Capers said running back Jonathan Wells would back up Davis if Hollings is unable to play. Wells started 11 games for the Texans in 2002 and led the team in rushing with 529 yards.
"He's gotten a lot of work," Capers said of Wells. "I think he's ready to go if need be."
The coach also confirmed kicker Kris Brown will play Sunday. Brown suffered a concussion against the Chargers, but finished the game and kicked two field goals.
"There haven't been any roster changes really," Capers said. "We're just trying to make sure we have things covered in case guys need to go in and play. We've got some young guys that need a lot of work.
"We've got more alternatives. We've got more young guys that I think have the ability to improve as we go through the season. You're going to try to get those guys as much work as you can."
But perhaps the biggest test Sunday has little to do with personnel.
The Lions were 5-3 at Ford Field last season. Sunday will be the home opener for Detroit after breaking a 24-game road losing streak at Chicago Sept. 12.
"Anytime you play on the road in this league it takes a certain mindset," Capers said. "You have to go into the game with tremendous focus. You know you have to battle not only the team you're playing, but the crowd. You have to be able to keep your poise and your focus and your intensity for three hours. That's always a challenge. You have to draw your energy from the group of guys you have there on the sideline and make sure you don't get caught up in the atmosphere."