Pierre Desir Active, Malik Hooker Inactive Against Texans

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INDIANAPOLIS — A pregame workout for starting Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir today netted some positive results.

Desir, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury and was unable to practice all week leading up to today’s AFC South Division clash against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium, was labeled as questionable on Friday, but is officially active today.

Two other Colts players labeled as questionable for the Colts heading into the game — defensive end Justin Houston and guard Quenton Nelson — are also both active against the Texans.

Starting safety Malik Hooker, meanwhile, who was labeled as doubtful on Friday, is inactive and will miss his third straight game. Others who are inactive for the Colts today: wide receiver Parris Campbell, tackle/guard Le’Raven Clark, defensive Tackle Trevon Coley, defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis, cornerback Kenny Moore II and running back Jonathan Williams.

» Desir suffered a hamstring injury during the first quarter of the Colts’ Week 5 victory during the Kansas City Chiefs; he was eventually able to return, and finished with two tackles and a pass defensed in Indy’s 19-13 win at Arrowhead Stadium. But Desir was a non-participant in all three practices this week leading up to the Texans game, and he was labeled as questionable on Friday. If Desir is limited in any fashion today, look for Rock Ya-Sin, Quincy Wilson, Marvell Tell III and Shakial Taylor to get added defensive snaps in place of Desir and fellow starter Moore II. The rookie Ya-Sin is expected to start in place of Moore II on the outside, while Wilson and Taylor could spell Moore II at the nickel cornerback spot.

» Hooker on Thursday participated in his first practice since suffering a knee injury Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons, and by Friday he was a full participant, though he was labeled as doubtful for today’s game on Friday. With Hooker out, the Colts have mostly turned to Khari Willis and George Odum to take his place at free safety; Willis — who is expected to get the start today — had nine tackles (one for a loss) and a pass defensed Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, while Odum had a team-high-tying six tackles and a forced fumble Week 5 against the Chiefs.

The depth in the back end will be key once again for the Colts, who were able to get the job done — and then some — in Week 5 against reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, limiting them to 13 points, snapping Kansas City’s NFL-record streak of 22 straight regular-season games scoring at least 26 points.

The Indy defense will need to do the same today against Deshaun Watson and the Texans (4-2). Watson, who has been an MVP candidate through six weeks, completing 140-of-201 passes (69.7 percent) for 1,644 yards with 12 touchdowns to three interceptions; he’s also a major threat running the ball, and leads all NFL quarterbacks with five rushing touchdowns.

But the Colts (3-2) will also have to account for Watson’s offensive weapons, as the Texans feature one of the best wide receivers in the league in DeAndre Hopkins, while their No. 2 wide receiver, Will Fuller V, is healthy and making plays, and guys like KeKe Coutee and Kenny Stills have elite speed down the field.

Houston also features a rushing attack that ranks sixth in the NFL with five yards per attempt; Carlos Hyde leads the way with 99 rushing attempts for 426 yards and three touchdowns, followed by Duke Johnson’s 37 rushing attempts for 239 yards. Watson also has 32 rushing attempts for 164 yards and those aforementioned five rushing scores.

Of the other active Colts players today: Houston initially appeared on the injury report Thursday with a calf injury, and he did not practice the final two days of the week. Nelson, meanwhile, first appeared on the injury report Friday, when he did not participate with a hip issue.

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