Texans sit Ball along with 5 others already out
Houston will start Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker in place of Bradie James, out with a hamstring injury. Ruud was with the Titans last season before losing his job to Colin McCarthy, but McCarthy is out against Houston due to a concussion. The Texans' other inactives include linebacker Brooks Reed (groin), cornerback Johnathan Joseph, guard Antoine Caldwell and tackle Derek Newton.
Tim Shaw starts for McCarthy, the second start of his career and first since Oct. 31, 2010.
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