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Which NFL teams are healthiest for the homestretch? We do an injury checkup for all 32



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Mike Reiss

Houston Texans

Health rating: 8

Players on IR: 14

Starts missed because of injury: 33

How badly has your team been hurt? The Texans have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL in terms of volume, but have lost some key players for a portion of the season, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who missed six games with a left hamstring injury. Receiver Curtis Samuel, a prized free agent, has made little impact because of injuries this season, and the team is without young defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Tight end Logan Thomas, the team’s best red zone threat, missed five games with a hamstring injury and might miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Jeff Dickerson

Minnesota Vikings

Health rating: 4

Players on IR: 9

Starts missed because of injury: 32

How badly has your team been hurt? Minnesota is dealing with considerable injuries on defense for a second straight year – especially along the defensive line, with injuries to Danielle Hunter and Michael Pierce and absences from Dalvin Tomlinson and Everson Griffen forcing the Vikings to get creative in the ways they move linemen around. Courtney Cronin

Detroit Lions

Health rating: 4

Players on IR: 17

Starts missed because of injury: 39

How badly has your team been hurt? Entering the Lions’ season opener, images of eight Detroit players were stamped outside of Ford Field – billed as key faces on the squad. As a reminder of how badly injuries have affected this team, three of those guys have suffered season-ending injuries – cornerback Jeff Okudah, center Frank Ragnow and linebacker Romeo Okwara – with offensive tackle Taylor Decker also missing the first eight games.

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