If it wasn’t for all of the injuries that the Texans had in the 2011 season, they would have had a good chance of scrapping their way to the Super Bowl. Although they made a valiant effort and made it to the playoffs led by rookie quarterback T.J. Yates, the elusive Super Bowl was not in the cards.

However, the 2012 season looks very bright for Houston and they are poised to take it all. The AFC South looks pretty lackluster and the path to the Super Bowl appears to be pretty clear. In other words, with a healthy roster in force, the chances that the Texans will go all of the way is actually better than possible. I will even say that it is probable.

That is, of course, provided that they can shield off those season crippling injuries. When injuries occur it sometimes seems to be like a plague. Once you get a couple of key players sidelined, it almost seems inevitable that more will come. As we all know, when you have pulled or twisted a muscle or ankle it is more susceptible to happen again somewhere down the field of play. Therefore, key players with a history of nagging injuries tend to continue to re-injure themselves in those same areas. Also, once you are over thirty years old, it is likely those injuries will end up taking their toll on the recipients. I hate to say it but unfortunately the truth hurts.

For instance, in 2010, Andre Johnson, Houston’s premiere WR missed the last three games and in 2011 he was haunted with injuries and missed nine games because of two pulled hamstrings. When you lose someone as important as Andre for the majority of the season it hurts the entire team. 

"Here we go again, just yesterday during the second day of training camp, Andre pulled a muscle and was forced to sit out the rest of the day. It looks like Andre will miss a minimum of one week. Will this be a deja' vu season for Johnson and the Houston Texan's?"

Now we all know that it takes more than one or two super stars to make a championship team, so let’s take a look at a couple of other key players on the roster and give them a physical look over.

Matt Schaub: Houston’s starting quarterback is back on the practice field after an eight month leave of absence due to having a foot injury during the 2011 season. He ended up having foot surgery on a damaged Lisfranc. He is feeling good and coach Kubiak is letting him practice only in the morning drills.

Brian Cushing, the Texans middle linebacker was injured earlier during OTA’s but after an MRI it was confirmed a bruised knee and it looks like it is pretty minor.

Biggest Concerns:

Andre Johnson a
nd Kevin Walters are the only wide receivers on the team who have actually caught a pass in the NFL........yikes! The others are still green, so if Johnson or Walters go down with injuries, then it will be left up to the green-horns to take up the slack.

Other concerns would be that at the tight end spot. Owen Daniels is there and very seasoned and one of the best in the business. But other than Owen, there are no real backup tight ends with the same physical presence.

Arian Foster is the Texans go to man in the back field along with Casey. New to the full back position is a young Smith, that has been playing on the defensive side of the ball. When you switch from defense to offense it takes a little time to wrap your head around the full back position, so there is somewhat of a learning curve for Smith right now.

At the end of the day, the bottom line is this, if the Texans can stay healthy, then it looks like it might be Super Bowl time for Houston. However, if they are plagued with injuries, and because of depth issues, it could be an ugly and long season. Which way do you think it will play out? Let us know and be a part of the conversation. Like us or tweet us or speak your mind……go ahead, I dare you!