Jadeveon Clowney will be a gametime decision.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said the rookie outside linebacker is still "50-50" in his return from a knee injury. The Texans face the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
"It's getting closer to gametime and we'll know better as we move closer to gametime," O'Brien said.
Should Clowney be ready to go, O'Brien described whether or not he'd be limited.
"If he were to play against Pittsburgh, it certainly wouldn't be 70 plays," O'Brien said.
Clowney injured his knee during the first half of the Week 1 win over Washington. Later that week he had surgery on it. For the past two weeks of practice, he's gone through conditioning drills with the team's medical, strength and
conditioning staff. He was listed on Thursday's injury report as one of four Texans who didn't participate in practice.
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was asked Thursday about whether practice was necessary for a player to get gametime.
"Generally a guy needs to be on the practice field to play his best," Crennel said. "We're hoping to get him on the practice field so we can make a determination."
The Texans will practice again on Friday and Saturday before leaving on Sunday for Pittsburgh.