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The Leftovers: Possible roster additions, Playoff seeding & more

Drew Dougherty answered a few fan questions submitted via Twitter and Facebook in the video above. He answered some more in the article below.

Joseph Boyd: Dear Drew, Is RB D'Onta Foreman going to return before the 6th?*
DD
*: Great question, Joseph. We'll know one way or the other in the next few days. He's been practicing, and the Texans have to make a decision this week on whether to add him to the 53-man roster or place him on the Reserve/Injured (IR) list. The Achilles injury he suffered was a tough one.

@LavitaLocash: Dear Drew, How significant is Johnathan Joseph's injury? Is it something for us to worry about at the CB position?
DD: I'd be mildly surprised if he's unable to play against Indianapolis this weekend. He'll let us know a little bit more on Tuesday night when he's at Fuddruckers for the Texans Radio player's show.

@shane_jumper: Dear Drew, Any chance we can get Kliff Kingsbury on our coaching staff maybe as an OC next season?? He’s a hot name right now floating around the league.
DD: Nope. Looks like he's going to coach the offense at USC.

@ronpoole7: Dear Drew, How confident are you in this squad's ability to make a playoff run?
DD: Very. They've won nine in a row, their quarterback is playing well, he has a lot of weapons at receiver, and the run game is clicking. On defense, in their last eight games, opponents have scored an average of just 15.8 points per game. That's a recipe for success in January.

@956TXN: DearDrew, Why wasn’t a penalty called on Garrett for the horse collar tackle on Watson?
DD: Because it's a stupid rule. You're allowed to tackle a quarterback in the pocket by his shoulder pads. You can't do that to anybody outside the pocket, though. So Garrett didn't break any rules, and the refs called it correctly. But the rule is stupid.

Derwin Jordan: Dear Drew, Romeo Crennel doesn't get a lot of credit due to the talent he has on the field, but how important is he to these close wins and calling a good game?
DD: Great to hear from you, Derwin. I actually disagree with you: he gets a LOT of credit for what they've done defensively. Head coach Bill O'Brien, defensive end J.J. Watt and many other defenders talked last week, and frequently this season, about how meaningful his knowledge, game-planning and play-calling have been for the defense. He's been a very important component to the team's success in 2018.

@SJT_713: Dear Drew, Do you think the Texans will earn a 1st round bye in the playoffs?
DD: That's definitely in play. The Texans are on a roll. They need to keep winning, though, to make that a reality. A Titans loss Thursday night, followed by a Texans win this weekend would be one huge step in the process, because if both those were to happen, Houston would lock up the AFC South. That ensures them of, at minimum, a home game in the opening round of the playoffs. But they'd need to keep winning, and have the Chiefs and/or Patriots stumble a bit, to vault up into the second or first spot in the AFC.

Xavier Bristol: Dear Drew, Will we ever see Kayvon Webster suit up again this season or will it be Kevin Johnson?
DD: Good question, Xavier. Both those players are on IR. It seems Webster is a bit closer to a return than Johnson. Either one would provide a nice boost to the secondary.

Cameron Knight: Dear Drew, I’m just asking a question so you can justify a Justin Reid big play montage. Hopefully it will go viral to help his case for Defensive Rookie of the Year!
DD: He's having a terrific season, Cameron. The forced fumble on Sunday kept a would-be Browns' touchdown from going on the scoreboard. Reid, Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson have been ballhawks this season, and are key reasons the defense has been so successful.

@kabrina_ardoin: Dear Drew, How many wins will it take for the Texans to get the respect from the sports commentators that we're a legitimate Super Bowl team?
DD: Who cares? Just enjoy the ride and focus on what happens between the white lines.

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