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Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
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Offense17th135.1 (5th)209.5 (24th)
Defense16th105.1 (10th)243.1 (21st)

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Report: Texans' Arian Foster expected back between Week 2-4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Texans running back Arian Foster, who has been working out in Houston, is expected to return to the action in some facet between Week 2-4 of the regular season, according to ESPN 97.5 Houston.

Foster underwent groin surgery Aug. 8. He was initially given a 2-3 month timeframe for his return, but after the surgery there was optimism Foster would return in 4-6 weeks.

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Report: Texans LB Benardrick McKinney has sprained MCL
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

Rookie linebacker Benardrick McKinney reportedly has a sprained MCL in his right knee, likely keeping him out of the Texans' third preseason game, but not much longer than that, according to the Houston Chronicle

McKinney hurt his knee in the team's game against the Broncos and has not practiced this week. 

"I think he's doing okay," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he's really working hard to get back. I don't know if he'll be back for the Dallas game, but I know he wants to get back."

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Texans' O'Brien says Jadeveon Clowney on track for opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who is coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee in December, is on track to play in the season opener.

"The knee is feeling decent," O'Brien said Wednesday, per The Houston Chronicle. "We'll keep inching him forward to get him ready to play in the first game.'

Clowney is eager to return to game action.

"I'm working hard, feeling good," he said. "Hopefully, I'm getting ready to play in the first game. I've been trusting my knee for a while. I trust it now. I'm here to play football."

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Report: Texans name QB Brian Hoyer starter for 2015
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

According to a report from NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport, the Texans have decided to go with Brian Hoyer as their quarterback to start the 2015 campaign. 

Hoyer, who signed a two-year deal with the Texans in the offseason, threw for 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year with the Browns. He was in a quarterback battle with Ryan Mallett for the starting job. 

Hoyer was 7 of 11 for 52 yards in Houston's second preseason game against the Broncos. 

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O'Brien: Texans QB battle between Hoyer and Mallett still rages
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bill O'Brien launched a quarterback derby between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett well before training camp began for the Texans. And now he is insisting that the two are still running neck-and-neck for the starting job.

"They both have the quality of leadership; they both have the quality of intelligence," O'Brian told the team website. "So, it's an even battle. And like I said, we'll make a decision at some point. We'll go with one guy to start the season. That other guy needs to be ready to play."

Despite his insistence, O'Brien is leaning toward Hoyer, according to NFL.com, which is claiming that the coaching staff is more comfortable with him. But O'Brien will continue to give Mallett an opportunity to show what he can do.

"If I had the body of knowledge right now, I would probably make the decision," O'Brien said. "I need to see a little bit more and I want to give Ryan a chance to start a game, and put some more thought into it."

Mallett completed 10 of 11 passes for 90 yards and no scores in the first preseason game against San Francisco. Hoyer hit on 2 of 4 for 67 yards and a 58-yard touchdown to Cecil Shorts.

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