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Houston Texans: Crennel says Akins is game-time decision against Titans

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After missing the previous game, Houston Texans’ interim head coach Romeo Crennel says TE Jordan Akins is a game-time decision on Sunday.

After missing the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, interim head coach Romeo Crennel says tight end Jordan Akins will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s match against the Tennessee Titans.

The last time Akins took the field for the Houston Texans, he completed a 26-yard reception from Deshaun Watson during the second quarter of their 31-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Towards the end of the play, Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith made helmet-to-helmet contact with Akins that sent him into concussion protocol.

In addition to dealing with a concussion, an ankle injury has also contributed to Akins’ absence.

“He made a little progress,” Crennel said. “We’ll probably wait until game time to make a determination on him.”

Darren Fells played the bulk of the snaps at tight end against the Jaguars in Akins’ absence. He ended the game with two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown — appearing in a season-high 86% of the offensive snaps. Recently acquired Pharaoh Brown recorded his first reception for four yards in the win.

“We want him [Akins] out there, but we want to make sure he is healthy,” Watson said. “We believe in 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.”

Akins has been on the verge of a breakout season through the first four games. He has completed 14 out of a possible 15 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown.


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