Tight end Jordan Akins will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup at Tennessee.
According to interim head coach Romeo Crennel, Akins "made a little progress" during the week after suffering a concussion on Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Vikings. Akins, inactive in Week 5 against Jacksonville, left in the second quarter following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith that got him ejected from the game.
Akins had become a top target for Deshaun Watson, averaging 12.0 yards per catch with 14 receptions for 168 yards this season.
The Texans will look to seven-year veteran Darren Fells and Pharaoh Brown, signed to the active roster on Sept. 15, to step up if Akins can't play.
"Yeah, he's a guy that can change the game for sure and do a lot of different things," Watson said Wednesday. "Of course, we want him out there but we want to make sure he's
healthy and he's getting back when he needs to get back and he's feeling very, very well. We believe in (Darren) Fells. We believe in Pharaoh (Brown). Those two guys are going to come in and do their job and play at a high level also."
Fells caught 2 passes for 57 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 30-14 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His 44-yard score was the third-longest receiving touchdown by a tight end in franchise history.
The Texans will play the Tennessee Titans in Nashville in Week 6. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.