“We’re definitely going to have to make some moves, especially at the tackle position,” Shanahan said. “We don’t have those numbers on our team so over the next 24 hours we’re going to have to work on this to fill out our roster, decide on who can go on IR, to know what roster spots are open and the guys that aren’t on IR, deciding who we’re going to let go to bring some guys up to possibly get some guys out there.”
“It’s more just trying to get an idea for how long things are going to be because you’ve got to make that decision. When guys are hurt, that’s a tough thing. They can’t play when they’re hurt, but if they’re not going to be out for a long period time, you can’t also sign other guys to replace them. They still count on your active roster, so trying to find out how serious the injuries are, how long they’ll be out, guys like Joe and stuff like that, kind of limits what you can do until you know for sure whether you’ll have that roster spot.”
The display by the Texans players comes after team owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates running the prison” comment, which was said during an Oct. 18 meeting in which owners talked about business concerns related to player protests during the national anthem.
“[There were] a lot of emotions running through our team,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “But just a huge sense of unity, I think we all felt, just coming out and playing for each other. And that was it. Forgetting everything else. Once kickoff started, we tried to block out any other distractions we may have had and try and go to work.”
I think we all felt the same way on Friday. And as far as the demonstration went, some people didn’t feel quite comfortable doing it, some people did. But we all supported each other, and that was what was important. I don’t think anyone looks at anyone differently for what they stood for or didn’t stand for.”