--OLB Brooks Reed recorded the Texans' only sack against the Colts, giving him three for the season.
--QB Case Keenum suffered a sprained thumb on his right hand. His status for Denver is undetermined. Keenum is 0-8 as the starter. The Colts game was his first by more than seven points. It also was the first in which the offense didn't have the ball late in the game with a chance to tie or win.
--RB Ben Tate got his four broken ribs banged up, but he's expected to play against Denver.
--TE Garrett Graham missed the Indianapolis game because of a hamstring injury. He's expected to return against Denver.
--WR DeVier Posey left the Indianapolis game with a high ankle sprain and may not be able to play against Denver.
--TE Owen Daniels has been eligible to come off short-term injured reserve after suffering a fractured fibula in the Sept. 22 game against San Francisco. Daniels said he hopes to play against Denver.
--ILB Darryl Sharpton has a sprained ankle but should start against Denver.
--OLB Justin Tuggle has a hyperextended elbow and probably will miss the Denver game.
--DE Antonio Smith has a sprained knee but should start against Denver.
--OLB Bryan Braman suffered a dislocated finger but will play against Denver.
--CB Johnathan Joseph has a groin injury and may not play against Denver. Joseph intercepted his third pass this season, easily the most on a defense that is last at forcing turnovers.
REPORT CARD VS. COLTS
PASSING OFFENSE: F-minus -- In his ninth start, Case Keenum played his worst game. He was terrible with a rating of 42.3. He completed 18-of-34 for 168 yards and no touchdowns. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times, once for a safety. He held the ball too long, was indecisive, failed to spot open receivers and dumped off the ball too much. He's regressing with two games remaining.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Ben Tate carried 16 times for 72 yards but only four for 10 in the second half when offensive coordinator Rick Dennison abandoned the run. Three backs carried the ball, and the Texans averaged 4.2 yards a carry, but the offense has no chance of being effective if they can't run effectively and make the play action work.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- The defensive backs surrendered one of Andrew Luck's two touchdown passes. The other was an inside shovel pass to running back Trent Richardson inside the 10. Luck threw for only 180 yards and one interception by cornerback Johnathan Joseph deep in Houston's end to spoil a scoring drive.
RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Colts aren't known as a running team, and they lost Donald Brown after he ran five times for 38 yards. The Texans ended up allowing 152 yards, including 64 to Trent Richardson. It was an abysmal performance that included five carries for 29 yards by quarterback Andrew Luck when he was flushed from the pocket.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Bob Ligashesky replaced his former boss, the fired Joe Marciano, as special teams coordinator, but they still committed penalties on returns and allowed a 51-yard punt return. Randy Bullock kicked a 49-yard field goal for the only points the Texans could produce. It was his ninth in a row. Shane Lechler averaged 49.5 yards on eight punts.
COACHING: F-minus -- Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was promoted to interim coach for the last three games in place of the fired Gary Kubiak. The Texans were even worse. Instead of losing an eighth consecutive game by seven or fewer points, they were blown out. And they were never in it after trailing 7-3 in the first quarter.