New England Patriots

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots’ injury bug claimed two more players on Saturday, as the both cornerback Jason McCourty and defensive lineman Byron Cowart were downgraded to out for Sunday’s head-to-head with the Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McCourty, who entered the week ranked fifth on the team in tackles (39) and third in passes defended (six), came into the weekend with a questionable tag due to a groin injury that limited him throughout a week of practice. Cowart, meanwhile, was questionable with a head injury. The 23-year-old Cowart has just two tackles in five games with the Patriots this year.

They will join an injury report that’s already ruled tight end Ryan Izzo out of Sunday’s game due to illness, and features 15 players in total battling something, including nine players listed with an “illness” designation.

The Patriots enter Sunday’s game on the heels of a 13-9 win over the Cowboys last Sunday, and have won their last eight meetings with the Texans dating back to Jan. 2010. It’s not all bad for Bill O’Brien’s Texans, though, as they take to their home field with victories in three of their last four games overall, and after a 20-17 win over the Colts on Nov. 21.

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