The Texans have been hit especially hard at linebacker with starting outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) and Brooks Reed (knee) sitting out Monday morning along with veteran ILB Tim Dobbins (shoulder) and Evan Frierson (shoulder).

Defensive end J. J. Watt was held out of contact drills again because of soreness in the elbow he dislocated last summer. RB Ben Tate (groin) WR Alan Bonner (hamstring) TE Adam Schiltz (hamstring) and OT Brennan Williams (knee) were reduced to spectating.