Texans LB Kamu Grugier-Hill says Week 18 is ‘more for the owners’

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The Houston Texans are 4-12 for the fourth time in team history. However, they still have not completed their regular season.

Whether the Texans finish 5-12 or 4-13, or even if they went 17-0 or 0-17, it would be the first complete season record of its kind in team annals — such is the state of the NFL with a 17th game.

Texans linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill wasn’t ambiguous about where he stood on the NFL adding an extra game to the 2021 season when he spoke with reporters on Jan. 5.

“As a player, I don’t really see a benefit to it,” Grugier-Hill said. “I think it’s more for the owners or whatever. I don’t really see a benefit to adding a game. I thought that before and I still think that now. That’s where I stand on it.”

Grugier-Hill has played in 13 of the Texans’ 16 games to date, and had a scare in the middle of Houston’s Week 14 encounter with the Seattle Seahawks when he was carted off the field with a knee injury.

“Unlike any other sport really, we are the most physical sport,” said Grugier-Hill. “Some years you have years where you come out unscratched and then some years you have certain guys in the locker room that are scratching and clawing to stay healthy the whole year.

“I don’t think it was a very player friendly addition but there is nothing I can do about it. It’s our future now and we got to roll. We got to get used to it.”

The Texans’ final game is a rematch with the Tennessee Titans Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time at NRG Stadium. If the Texans can beat the Titans, who still have something to play for as the No. 1 seed has not officially been clinched, it will mark the first time since 2015 Houston has swept Tennessee.