Let's discuss Dameon Pierce’s bold Houston Texans prediction

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With training camp in full swing, we're starting to hear from some of the team's top players about their expectations for the season.

Do the Houston Texans have a chance to win the AFC South? Texans RB Dameon Pierce thinks so! Is he right?

It's not like there are any Super Bowl caliber teams in the division. The Colts have a rookie QB, the Titans selected their QB of the future having concerns about Ryan Tannehill, and the Jaguars could certainly fall back to Earth. The Texans managed to beat them last year with Davis Mills at QB.

ESPN Houston's Jake Asman and fill-in host Joe George break it all down on The Wheelhouse!

Listen to The Wheelhouse on ESPN Houston 97.5 or 92.5 FM every weekday from 3-7 PM CST!

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Justin Verlander is heading to the injured list. Composite Getty Image.

Astros ace Justin Verlander missed his start over the weekend due to neck discomfort, which had many fans concerned. The last Houston pitcher (Cristian Javier) to miss time with the same injury would end up out for the season and having to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Fortunately, it doesn't look like that will be the case for JV, and the team didn't anticipate having to put Verlander on IR. They hoped he would be able to start Thursday's game in Chicago.

But manager Joe Espada told the Astros flagship station on Tuesday that his progress “is slower than we expected.”

Fast-forward a few hours and JV is headed to the IL, with Nick Hernandez joining the club from Sugar Land.

Hopefully, this is just a short stint on the injured list for Verlander. Quite frankly, the Astros are running out of big league caliber starting pitching options.

One has to wonder, how many more injuries the team can sustain in 2024? The injury bug is biting hard, and the club is currently nine games behind Seattle in the AL West.

Up next

Framber Valdez takes the mound for Houston against the White Sox on Tuesday night.

The Athletic's Chandler Rome shares some possibilities the Astros might explore to replace Verlander in the post below.

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