New England leading rusher Stevan Ridley has been scratched against the Texans after fumbling in three straight games.
Ridley was not listed on the injury report this week. He was benched last week after fumbling in the first half.
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson is also out against Houston with a foot injury Sunday. Other inactives are cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive end Jake Bequette.
Inactive for Houston are quarterback T.J. Yates, safety Jawanza Starling, guard Alex Kupper, tackle Andrew Gardner, guard Cody White, linebacker Ricky Sapp and defensive end Tim Jamison.