Scottie Phillips

Houston Texans
Running Back #27
Houston Texans
Running Back #27

Scottie Phillips News

Won't return Sunday

Phillips (ankle) won't return from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Phillips sustained a high-ankle sprain in early November and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 9. As a result, he won't be eligible to return until at least Nov. 30, Kubena reports. However, it's not yet clear whether the running back will be able to suit up when he's first eligible.

Nov 24, 2021 8:52 AM EST

May not be done for season

Phillips (ankle) has a chance to retake the field this season, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Phillips is reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain. The Texans officially listed the running back with a leg injury when placing him on IR on Tuesday. Across three appearances with the Texans this season, Phillips has handled just six carries and drawn three targets.

Nov 10, 2021 8:13 AM EST

Placed on IR

Phillips (leg) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season.

Analysis: The running back suffered the injury in Week 9 against the Dolphins, bringing an end to his 2021 campaign. Phillips finishes the year with six carries for 13 yards and two catches for nine yards in three contests.

Nov 9, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Done for day

Phillips (leg) will not return to Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Phillips logged one carry for two yards prior to exiting Sunday's game. His absence shouldn't have a major impact on the distribution of touches in the Texans' backfield.

Nov 7, 2021 12:15 PM EST

Questionable due to leg injury

Phillips (leg) is questionable to return for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Phillips is able to return to action, though his presence shouldn't play a major role in formats since he plays a depth role in the Texans' backfield. David Johnson, Rex Burkhead and Phillip Lindsay should remain as the top backfield options for Houston.

Nov 7, 2021 11:56 AM EST

Activated for Week 8

Phillips had five carries for 11 yards and caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 38-22 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Those keeping track of Houston's backfield following the trade of Mark Ingram should count Phillips (15 snaps) as a winner. His eight touches/targets tied Rex Burkhead atop the four-man backfield. David Johnson (11 snaps) and Phillip Lindsay (eight) combined for six touches. As Tuesday's trade deadline nears, there could be more shakeup.

Nov 1, 2021 6:43 AM EST

Impact of Ingram trade

Phillips could fill a roster vacancy after the Texans traded Mark Ingram to the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The immediate impact of the trade centered on increased roles for David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay, two backs that have been active every game this season, but Phillips is likely to be part of the active lineup going forward. He has been active for just one game this season and recorded just two carries for nine yards last season as a rookie undrafted free agent. But Phillips led Houston in rushing during the preseason, and the team, at 1-6, is in full evaluation mode. Rex Burkhead (hip) is also in the mix for more work due to Ingram's departure.

Oct 28, 2021 5:36 AM EST

Records full practice Wednesday

Phillips (illness) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Phillips was inactive in Week 4's loss to the Bills as he was dealing with a non-COVID illness. The running back still sits behind four veteran backs on Houston's roster. Expect Phillips to continue to fill a depth role for the Texans' running back room.

Oct 6, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Sidelined by illness

Phillips (illness) won't play in Sunday's game against Buffalo.

Analysis: Phillips is dealing with a non-COVID illness, which kept him out of practice all week. With a quartet of veterans above him in Houston's backfield depth chart, Phillips' absence is unlikely to have much of an impact on Houston's game plan against the heavily favored Bills.

Oct 1, 2021 1:23 PM EST

On 53-man roster

Phillips is one of five running backs to make Houston's 53-man roster out of camp, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Phillips led the Texans in rushing during the preseason, primarily facing reserve defensive units, but the team's decision-makers were impressed with his powerful running style. He averaged 4.28 yards after contact during the preseason, per Pro Football Focus. "That guy earned a spot on this roster," Houston head coach David Culley said. Phillips, who started on the practice squad last season and played sparingly in eight games, may not get many touches to start the season, but his story recalls that of the franchise's all-time leading rusher, Arian Foster. Both were undrafted free agents that started on the team's practice squad.

Sep 3, 2021 6:08 AM EST

Paces backs in preseason loss

Phillips rushed eight times for a team-high 73 yards in Saturday's 23-16 loss to the Buccaneers in preseason Week 3.

Analysis: Phillips finished the preseason as Houston's leading rusher, but it's probably not enough to unseat one of the four veteran backs ahead of him on the depth chart. Of the four, Rex Burkhead's spot is least secure, but the Texans might keep him and hope to trade him to a team that needs a veteran back.

Aug 29, 2021 7:13 PM EST

Replaced as returner

Phillips played 16 snaps on special teams in Houston's season-ending loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: Phillips had been used as a fill-in kickoff returner Week 15 but was replaced in subsequent weeks by Dontrell Hilliard. Phillips, who signed as an undrafted free agent prior to the season, was on the practice squad the first nine games before injuries led to a promotion to the active roster for the final seven games. He's under contract through 2022 and could compete for a depth spot in what is expected to be a revamped backfield in 2021.

Jan 5, 2021 5:38 AM EST

Added to return game

Phillips had two carries for nine yards, caught his lone target for seven yards and returned five kickoffs 96 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Phillips took on a larger role Week 15 as both Duke Johnson (neck) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) were inactive. The injuries elevated Phillips to third on the running back depth chart behind David Johnson and Buddy Howell. He also became the primary kick returner, a job that most recently was held by Prosise. This was fourth straight game he's been promoted from the practice squad to active roster, and the touches were his first of the season.

Dec 20, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Small role in win

Phillips played four offensive snaps and did not get a touch in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Phillips was added to the active roster, giving the Texans another skill player with wide receivers Randall Cobb (toe, IR) and Kenny Stills (quadriceps) unavailable. He was primarily used on special teams. With running back David Johnson (concussion) eligible to return Week 13 against Indianapolis, Phillips' spot on the roster hinges on the status of Johnson and the wideouts.

Nov 27, 2020 4:12 AM EST

Promoted to active roster

Phillips was signed to Houston's active roster from the practice squad Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Phillips was elevated as an extra player from the practice squad for Sunday's win over the Patriots, and he exclusively played special teams. The 23-year-old should play a similar role now that he's receiving a longer look on the active roster.

Nov 25, 2020 5:23 PM EST

Elevated from practice squad

Phillips was promoted to Houston's active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old played 12 snaps on special teams in the season opener and has the chance to see the field again Sunday. Even with David Johnson (concussion) on injured reserve, Phillips is unlikely to be a factor offensively for the Texans.

Nov 21, 2020 7:53 PM EST

Ascends to active roster

The Texans promoted Phillips from their practice squad Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Mississippi was among Houston's final roster cuts over the weekend, but it didn't take long for him to earn a callup from the practice squad. For the time being, he'll slot in as the fourth man on the depth chart at running back behind David Johnson, Duke Johnson and Buddy Howell. None of the three are listed on Houston's injury report ahead of Thursday's season opener at Kansas City, so Phillips could find himself among the Texans' seven inactive players for the contest.

Sep 10, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Back in Houston

Phillips was signed to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Phillips is one of two running backs added to the practice squad -- former Seahawk C.J. Prosise is the other. Phillips was an undrafted free agent in 2020 out of the University of Mississippi.

Sep 7, 2020 5:10 AM EST

Let go by Texans

The Texans waived Phillips on Saturday.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent out of Mississippi regressed in his final collegiate season, registering 4.3 yards per carry and five touchdowns after posting respective marks of 6.1 and 12 in 2018. He's flashed potential before, so if he clears waivers, he could be a practice-squad candidate.

Sep 5, 2020 5:42 PM EST

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