Backus played in 186 consecutive games, but Riley Reiff will start at left tackle as Backus' hamstring injury will keep him out of Thursday's game. Titus Young has been ruled out as expected due to his knee injury. Nick Fairley is able to go with despite missing practice all week with an illness, but fellow lineman Corey Williams, who is also sick, won't be able to play.
For the Texans, Shaun Cody will sit out a third straight game after being listed as probable with a back injury. Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been ruled out with his hamstring injury after not practicing all week, while Owen Daniels, who also listed as probable, is good to go. Ben Tate will sit a fourth straight game after not practicing all week.
Here's the full lists of inactive players for both teams in the first of three Thanksgiving Day games: