After Wednesday's practice, head coach Bill O'Brien ruled out three players for Sunday's game at Miami: cornerback Kareem Jackson, wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and linebacker Benardrick McKinney.
Jackson exited the game in the first half of the Texans 31-20 win against Jacksonville. He did not practice on Wednesday, listed on the injury report with an ankle issue.
Shorts, also absent from Wednesday's practice, tweaked his hamstring. He returned to action against the Jaguars, after suffering a dislocated shoulder in Week 4 at Atlanta. Nate Washington, dealing with a hamstring injury from the Falcons game, returned to practice Wednesday as a full participant.
McKinney left Sunday's game with a concussion and had three tackles.
"I think you'll see Tugg (Justin Tuggle) in there, I think you'll see (Akeem) Dent in there, I think you'll see Max Bullough in there," O'Brien said, referring to the inside linebacker position with McKinney out. "Brian Peters will be back. We've got a number of different ways. Again, it's a game-plan type deal, so it's whatever we need to do, whatever we think we need to do to go against Miami."
Jadeveon Clowney (ankle), and Brandon Brooks (toe) also did not practice Wednesday but both are still considered day-to-day as far as availability for Sunday's game, according to O'Brien.
The Texans and Dolphins kickoff at noon C.T. at Sun Life Stadium.