Houston Texans

Stadium: Reliant Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th108.9 (20th)238.3 (14th)
Defense6th122.4 (19th)195.2 (5th)
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Brian Cushing can't put timetable on return to the field
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing didn't practice this spring and hasn't put on pads in a game since Oct. 20. That's when he tore a knee ligament and broke his fibula.

While he vowed to be ready for the season opener, Cushing would not put a timetable on his return to the practice field. "I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there," he told the team's website.

"I’m still working out every day," he added. "I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp. Come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job."

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Alfred Blue to challenge Andre Brown
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Texans signed running back Andre Brown this offseason to be the backup to starter Arian Foster, but ESPN reports that rookie Alfred Blue could push Brown for the No. 2 job.

The report says "Brown has an edge on starting experience. Blue has an edge on youth and lack of mileage." Most likely, if Foster were to get hurt, the Texans would use a tandem of Brown and Blue to replace him.

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Andre Johnson to return to Texans?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

As veteran receiver Andre Johnson continues to hold out over his role with the Texans and the direction of the franchise, ESPN believes that Johnson will get over his unhappiness and play with the team this season.

Johnson has missed all of the team's offseason workouts after voicing his displeasure with his role on a team in the early stages of rebuilding. However, he is still under contract with the team and seems unlikely to get traded without restructuring his current deal. 

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Jadeveon Clowney played with sports hernia injury at South Carolina
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said Thursday he played his final year at South Carolina while dealing with the same sports hernia injury he had surgery on recently, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Bus Cook, Clowney's agent, said Clowney almost skipped his pro day.

"He thought about not participating in his pro day but went ahead anyway, and what a performance," Cook said.

Clowney had surgery on his groin earlier this month, but Texans coach Bill O'Brien expects him back in time for training camp.

"It was the best thing for J.D. and the best thing for our team and the best thing for our organization," O'Brien said. "He'll be ready to go for training camp. That's about all I'll say about that."

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