Stills went down with a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Panthers game and his status remains unclear.
Head coach Bill O’Brien mentioned Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter as receivers who could play larger roles in Stills’ absence.
They aren’t exactly the same kind of receivers.
Coutee and Carter are both slot receivers, while Stills is a more versatile player who can line up outside or in the slot.
Coutee missed a lot of time after the preseason game in Green Bay, and injuries have marred much of his young career so far.
Yet Coutee made some plays against the Panthers, though Houston’s offensive highlights were sparse.
Coutee had one catch for 11 yards and one carry for 10 yards in the Texans’ 16-10 loss to the Panthers.
“He made some good plays (Sunday), he did,” O’Brien said of Coutee. “He did miss a lot of time after the Green Bay game but he definitely stepped up and made some plays (Sunday). He’s a good player.”
Coutee, who missed much of his rookie season with a lingering hamstring injury, saw a setback with an ankle injury in the preseason.
He was rusty to start the regular season after fighting his way back, but said he’s feeling like his normal self. Coutee said he’s fresh and “just ready to go.”
“The more I can do, the better,” he said. “It’s unfortunate what happened to Kenny, and I’ve been in that situation. So I know exactly what he’s going through. So everybody’s keeping him up and he’s still a guy we can use for the rest of the season.”