The Houston Texans may be without five players for Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals because they are in the concussion protocol.
Following Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, inside linebacker Brian Cushing, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and all three tight ends on the active roster -- C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson -- were getting examined for possible concussions.
On Monday, Texans coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged it would tough for those players to play because of the short turnaround.
"I would say that most of those guys are probably going to be out for the game, relative to it being a short week," O'Brien said. "I don't know yet, but relative to the game being on Thursday night, that's usually the case based on the protocol and all the tests they have to pass to be able to get back on the field."
If a player enters the concussion protocol, he must complete a five-step process to be cleared. One of those steps is returning as a full participant in a practice but, due to the short week, the Texans are practicing once before Thursday.
Ellington was Houston's No. 2 receiver Sunday since Will Fuller was out with a broken collarbone and Jaelen Strong is suspended. Strong is expected to return for Week 2 while Fuller is still suspended.
If the three tight ends are unable to play, Evan Baylis could be promoted from the practice squad. He totaled four catches for 32 yards in three exhibition games after being an undrafted free agent.
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