Kareem Jackson DB HOU 3 Months

The Texans have added slot corner to CB Kareem Jackson's duties.

Houston struggled to defend the slot last season, after losing Glover Quin in free agency. Jackson will presumably start outside and move into the slot in sub-packages, although it's unclear who will replace him on the perimeter in nickel and dime. The move could help Jackson's IDP value, as he'll play closer to the line of scrimmage. It also helps his versatility in a contract year.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 9 Months

Texans CB Kareem Jackson (rib) will return this week.

The Texans need all hands on deck to be competitive with the Patriots. Due to a cracked rib, Jackson had been sidelined since Week 10.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 9 Months

Texans declared LCB Kareem Jackson, QB T.J. Yates, FS Jawanza Starling, CB Elbert Mack, OT Andrew Gardner, OG Cody White and DE Tim Jamison inactive for Week 12 against the Jaguars.

Jackson is dealing with a broken rib, and is week to week. Brice McCain is starting opposite Johnathan Joseph. McCain will kick inside in nickel packages, with Brandon Harris manning the outside.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 9 Months

Texans LCB Kareem Jackson confirmed he has a fractured rib.

The broken rib is causing Jackson to have "difficulty lifting his arm," per coach Gary Kubiak. He's been ruled out for Week 12 against Jacksonville. The Texans will likely turn to Johnathan Joseph as a shadow corner, while Brice McCain starts opposite him and Brandon Harris plays outside in nickel packages.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 9 Months

Texans LCB Kareem Jackson (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Look for Johnathan Joseph to shadow Cecil Shorts on Sunday while Brandon Harris and Brice McCain match up with Ace Sanders and Kerry Taylor. Jackson also missed Week 11 and is likely dealing with at least one cracked rib.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 10 Months

Texans CB Kareem Jackson (chest) will be a game-time decision for Week 11.

Jackson bruised his chest in last week's loss to the Cardinals. With the Raiders' inept passing attack on tap for Sunday, the Texans are unlikely to force Jackson into the lineup. Brandon Harris would start opposite Johnathan Joseph if Jackson can't go.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 10 Months

Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Monday CB Kareem Jackson (chest) has an "outside chance" to play in Week 11.

The Texans may not rush Jackson back because they're playing the nose-diving 3-6 Raiders at home, but it's good news he avoided a long-term injury. Jackson was originally feared to have suffered a rib fracture in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. As it turns out, Jackson has a "chest contusion," or bruise.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU 10 Months

Texans CB Kareem Jackson is done for the day in Week 10 with a rib injury.

The Texans initially called Jackson "questionable" to return. He went to the locker room and was later ruled out, indicating that X-rays showed a fairly significant rib injury. Brandon Harris is now in the game opposite Johnathan Joseph. Brice McCain remains the Texans' slot cornerback.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU May 25 '13

Texans LCB Kareem Jackson reported to OTAs at 208 pounds, 16 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight last season.

As the Houston Chronicle's Lance Zierlein points out, that's far too heavy for a 5-foot-10 cornerback. The Texans will likely want Jackson to get back under 200 by the time training camp rolls around. Jackson graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 corner last season, and he's entering his fourth year.

Kareem Jackson DB HOU Mar 21 '12

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expects Kareem Jackson to return as the Texans' starting right corner in 2012.

The Texans lost Jason Allen, with whom Jackson rotated in 2011, and they'll count on him to be a full-time player in 2012. "I think Kareem's the starter," Phillips said. "... Kareem had a good year. Part of it was we had a good year defensively, but he had something to do with that. He played physical like we thought he would and he obviously played better than he did previously."