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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th135.1 (5th)209.5 (24th)
Defense16th105.1 (10th)243.1 (21st)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
70Adams, Jeff T6-73059/6/19892Columbia
77Adams, Aaron T6-53035/16/19892Eastern Kentucky
91Ankrah, Jason LB6-32622/26/19911Nebraska
39Ballentine, Lonnie SAF6-32154/23/19932Memphis
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22234/27/19912Louisiana State
16Bonner, Alan WR5-1019111/5/19903Jacksonville State
34Bouye, A.J. CB6-01918/16/19913Central Florida
79Brooks, Brandon G6-53358/19/19894Miami (Ohio)
33Brown, Stevie DB5-112157/17/19876Michigan
76Brown, Duane T6-43038/30/19858Virginia Tech
48Brown, Kourtnei LB6-42534/17/19881Clemson
4Bullock, Randy K5-920612/16/19894Texas A&M
53Bullough, Max ILB6-32492/11/19921Michigan State
58Cliett, Reshard OLB6-22224/29/1992RSouth Florida
90Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-52662/14/19932South Carolina
64Coleman, Jasper DE6-429012/13/1992RWilliam & Mary
95Covington, Christian DT6-228910/16/1993RRice
93Crick, Jared DE6-42858/21/19894Nebraska
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32491/24/19877USC
2Davis, Jace WR6-12068/22/19911Northern Colorado
61Deaderick, Brandon DE6-43058/19/19876Alabama
81Denham, Anthony TE6-42357/21/19911Utah
50Dent, Akeem ILB6-12399/27/19875Georgia
40Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12081/29/1992RMichigan State
73Feiler, Matt T6-63307/7/19921Bloomsburg
78Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19891Iowa
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19912Iowa
94Finau, Tevita DT6-52881/13/19861Utah
23Foster, Arian RB6-12278/24/19867Tennessee
88Graham, Garrett TE6-32438/4/19866Wisconsin
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62541/11/19903Connecticut
41Grimes, Jonathan RB5-1020912/21/19893William & Mary
29Hal, Andre DB5-101885/30/19922Vanderbilt
38Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/31/1991RLouisiana State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12186/6/19923Clemson
7Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/19857Michigan State
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101884/10/19886Alabama
31James, Charles DB5-91795/14/19902Charleston Southern
8Johnson, Will P6-22063/5/1993RTexas State
13Johnson, Damaris WR5-817511/22/19894Tulsa
30Johnson, Kevin CB5-111888/5/1992RWake Forest
60Jones, Ben G6-33087/2/19894Georgia
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111884/16/198410South Carolina
19Labhart, Travis WR5-91821/20/19911Texas A&M
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/1992RAppalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22378/7/197616Texas A&M
86Lee, Khari TE6-42351/16/1992RBowie State
15Mallett, Ryan QB6-62456/5/19885Arkansas
65Mancz, Greg C6-43014/23/1992RToledo
82Martin, Keshawn WR5-111943/15/19904Michigan State
89McFarland, Mike TE6-525211/15/1991RSouth Florida
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-424611/19/1992RMississippi State
98McLeod, Cameron DL6-52829/15/1992ROhio U.
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42587/21/19904Illinois
54Mohamed, Mike OLB6-32383/11/19884California
43Moore, Corey DB6-22061/28/1993RGeorgia
26Moore, Rahim DB6-11952/11/19905UCLA
21Morris, Darryl DB5-101889/4/19903Texas State
12Mumphery, Keith WR6-02156/5/1992RMichigan State
72Newton, Derek T6-631311/16/19875Arkansas State
92Nix, Louis DT6-23317/31/19912Notre Dame
17Nwachukwu, Uzoma WR5-1119812/15/19901Texas A&M
97Pagan, Jeoffrey DE6-33106/10/19932Alabama
27Parks, Terrance DB6-22184/14/19901Florida State
96Pettinato, Dan DL6-42774/24/1992RArizona
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19883Oregon
22Polk, Chris RB5-1122212/16/19894Washington
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12568/21/19922Auburn
77Quessenberry, David G6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
20Rolle, Jumal DB6-01885/28/19902Catawba
3Savage, Tom QB6-42284/26/19902Pittsburgh
18Shorts, Cecil WR6-020212/22/19875Mount Union
51Simon, John LB6-125210/14/19903Ohio State
62Slade, Chad OL6-53155/4/1992RAuburn
11Strong, Jaelen WR6-22171/25/1994RArizona State
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43071/1/19912UCLA
52Tarpinian, Jeff MLB6-324010/16/19874Iowa
44Thompson, Carlos LB6-52432/16/1992RMississippi
47Trail, Lynden LB6-72693/19/1991RNorfolk State
66Treadwell, Joseph T6-53251/19/1993RLouisiana-Monroe
57Tuggle, Justin ILB6-32491/4/19903Kansas State
49Washington, Tony OLB6-42476/1/1992ROregon
85Washington, Nate WR6-11838/28/198311Tiffin University
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52893/22/19895Wisconsin
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102462/17/19866Baylor
67White, Cody G6-33037/1/19884Illinois State
75Wilfork, Vince NT6-232511/4/198112Miami (Fla.)
68Witzmann, Bryan T6-73116/16/19902South Dakota State
6Worthy, Chandler WR5-91739/15/1993RTroy
74Yeatman, Will T6-63154/10/19885Maryland
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Houston6-5312.16-3301.324.92138
 
 
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
News
The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

Tom Savage
News
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Texans in Week 17 against Jacksonville: Tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo and outside linebacker Jason Ankrah.
Chandler Worthy
No Updates
Kenny Hilliard
News
The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

Jeoffrey Pagan
News
The Texans added some more size to their line with the first pick in the sixth round, selecting defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan out of the University of Alabama 177th overall.

Pagan is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman who played three seasons at Alabama, racking up 60 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.  

Jason Ankrah
News
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Texans in Week 17 against Jacksonville: Tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo and outside linebacker Jason Ankrah.
Justin Tuggle
News
The Texans released a lengthy injury report that included 16 players leading up to Week 12 against Cincinnati. 13 of the 16 players on the list were deemed probable.

Kareem Jackson (knee) was the only player ruled out, while Arian Foster (groin) and Max Bullough (hamstring) were deemed questionable.

The following players were ruled as probable for Sunday: Tyson Clabo (foot), Jadeveon Clowney (knee), Brian Cushing (knee), Akeem Dent (neck), Jonathan Grimes (ankle), Andre Johnson (rest), Johnathan Joseph (knee), Ryan Mallett (chest), Whitney Mercilus (knee), Mike Mohamed (hip), Darryl Morris (ankle), Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and Justin Tuggle (shoulder).

Alan Bonner
News
The Texans made several roster moves on Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle. The team waived offensive tackle Anthony Dima and waived injured guard Cody White and wide receiver Alan Bonner
Khari Lee
No Updates
Andre Hal
News
Andre Hal is learning a new position in his second NFL offseason. 

Hal played cornerback for the Texans as a rookie last year, getting 15 tackles and four pass defenses.

This year, Hal has been working at safety.

"He’s done some good things at safety over the first four OTAs that we’ve had," coach Bill O'Brien said, per HoustonTexans.com.

"I’m trying to do whatever I can to make the team," Hal said. "We need some help at safety. We lost a couple guys. I’m just trying to step up and help the team." 

Chad Slade
No Updates
Jumal Rolle
News
The Texans have listed 13 players on its final injury report leading up to Week 9 against Philadelphia. Jeff Tarpinian (knee) was the only player on the list ruled out for the game. Jadeveon Clowney (knee, illness), Brian Cushing (knee) and Darryl Morris (ankle) were all deemed questionable.

The following players were ruled probable for Sunday: Alfred Blue (ankle), Arian Foster (knee), Tim Jamison (groin), Andre Johnson (ankle), Johnathan Joseph (knee), Whitney Mercilus (shoulder), Brooks Reed (groin), Jumal Rolle (wrist) and John Simon (ankle).

Ryan Mallett
News
The notion that one of the candidates for the starting quarterback job with the Texans would play himself out of the running this early has turned out to be a little far-fetched.

Both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have impressed Bill O'Brien, who is now hedging on his earlier claim that he might name a starter soon. He might be forced to wait beyond the beginning of training camp.

"These two guys are competing really well; they're very bright guys," O'Brien told the team website. "I think they've both had really good springs. ... [The starter] might be named next week. He might be named after the Redskins three days of practice. It might be after the San Francisco preseason game."

Without pads or contact drills, the evaluation process at quarterback is more difficult. O'Brien must rely on other qualities, such as grasping concepts at meetings, practice performance, leadership qualities, picking up the offense and decision-making. So far, it appears to be a dead-heat.

"I don't think there's a situation here where one guy has just been that much better on any given day than the other guy," O'Brien said. "They both practice very well. These guys command at the line of scrimmage. Both these guys know how to run an offensive huddle in pro football. They're leaders, so I think it's helped our team."

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for start of training camp
Reshard Cliett
News
The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins should be fully recovered from his season-ending wrist injury by the start of training camp. 

Head coach Bill O'Brien told the media, "Yeah, I think Hop will be ready for training camp. I can see him being ready. I don’t know the date. Like, I can’t tell you if it’s going to be July 25th or the 27th or the 28th at 9:00 am when he’ll be ready. I don’t know, but I know that he’ll be out there at some point during training camp ready to go."

Stevie Brown
News
Giants' free-agent safety Stevie Brown signed with the Texans on Wednesday night, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle.

Brown had eight interceptions in 2012, but he struggled this year after coming back from an ACL injury in 2013.

ESPN reported that Brown and the Texans have come to terms and will sign shortly.

Carlos Thompson
No Updates
Mike McFarland
No Updates
Jay Prosch
News
As expected, the Texans have ruled out rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and safety Shiloh Keo (calf) for their Week 3 game against the host Giants.

Most of the other players are their extensive injury report are probable, though featured back Arian Foster (hamstring), offensive lineman Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow) are questionable.

The probables are linebacker Akeem Dent (hamstring), tight ends Garrett Graham (ankle) and C.J. Fiodorowicz (foot), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness), defensive end Tim Jamison (groin), wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot), nose tackle Louis Nix (wrist) and fullback Jay Prosch (hand).

C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
The Texans have listed tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf) and quarterback Tom Savage (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, guard Brandon Brooks (knee, ankle), tackle Tyson Clabo (shoulder), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (ankle), tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (shoulder), running back Arian Foster (rest), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (wrist), cornerback Kareem Jackson (back), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (back, finger), nose tackle Ryan Pickett (groin), guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (knee) were all labeled as probable.

Jeff Tarpinian
News
The Texans have extended the contract of linebacker Jeff Tarpinian on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Terms of the deal were not made public. Tarpinian, 27, appeared in 14 games last season for Houston and registered 13 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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Cody White
News
The Texans signed offensive lineman Cody White on Thursday, reports NBCSports.com.

White did not play during the 2014 season after sustaining a torn Achilles' tendon in training camp.

Tony Washington
No Updates
Anthony Denham
News
The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).

Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Kendall Lamm
No Updates
Will Johnson
No Updates
Johnathan Joseph
News
The Texans signed cornerback Johnathan Joseph to a contract extension Thursday, the team announced.

Joseph was entering the final year of his contract, but the new deal keeps him with the Texans through the 2017 season.

Darryl Morris
News
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (knee) is active for the game against Tennessee after being listed as probable. He has 64 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in eight games.

Also suiting up for Houston are linebacker Max Bullough (hamstring), offensive tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee), safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), linebacker Mike Mohamed (hip), cornerback Darryl Morris (thigh), nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back), safety D.J. Swearinger (ankle) and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (ankle).

Keshawn Martin
News
The Texans got a bunch of offensive contributions in their Week 13 blowout of Tennessee. Wideout Keshawn Martin made a 32-yard catch, tight end Ryan Griffin caught a wide-open swing pass for an 8-yard touchdown and defensive end J.J. Watt hauled in a 1-yard touchdown -- his fifth score this season.

Running back Jonathan Grimes gained 13 yards on five carries, and running back Alfred Blue added 6 yards on seven carries.

They'll all visit the Jaguars in Week 14.

Garrett Graham
News
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Texans in Week 17 against Jacksonville: Tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo and outside linebacker Jason Ankrah.
Corey Moore
No Updates
Uzoma Nwachukwu
News
The Texans finalized their 53-man roster Saturday by placing receiver Alan Bonner (hamstring), tackle Brennan Williams (knee), and linebacker Trevardo Williams (knee) on injured reserve. Houston also released defensive lineman Daniel Muir, defensive tackle David Hunter and receiver Michael Smith with an injury settlement.

In addition, the Texans waived the following 18 players from the roster: defensive end Keith Browner, tight end Jake Byrne, cornerback Roc Carmichael, fullback Tyler Clutts, linebacker Cameron Collins, receiver Andy Cruse, offensive lineman Tyler Horn, defensive end Delano Johnson, running back Dennis Johnson, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Deji Karim, offensive lineman Alex Kupper, cornerback Elbert Mack, tackle Nate Menkin, linebacker Mike Mohamed, receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu and safety Jawanza Starling.
Jace Davis
News
The Texans have signed wide receiver Jace Davis to their practice squad. The rookie had been with Baltimore and has yet to play a game in 2014.
Chris Polk
News
The Texans signed running back Chris Polk on Tuesday, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Polk had his contract offer revoked by the Eagles last week. During the 2014 season, Polk rushed for 172 yards on 46 carries for the Eagles. His entire three-year career has been spent with the Eagles.

Arian Foster
News
Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters that running back Arian Foster "has a lot of football left in him" and that team will try to "communicate with him and try to manage his workload" moving forward, per the Houston Chronicle.

O'Brien also noted that running back is a position where they could add some depth in order to compliment their top back.

Foster, 28, has played 21 games in the previous two seasons, and has not played 16 games in a season since 2012 due to an assortment of injuries. In 13 games, Foster took 260 carries for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 38 passes for 327 yards and five scores in 2014.

Kareem Jackson
News
The Texans have agreed to sign cornerback Kareem Jackson to a four-year deal, worth $8.5 million per year, keeping him off the open market just two days away from the start of free agency, according to ESPN.

"It feels good. The weight is released off of my shoulders. Feels good that I know I'll be back in Houston," Jackson said, per the Houston Chronicle.

The five-year starter for the Texans totaled 57 tackles with three interceptions and nine passes defended in 2014.

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Jeff Adams
News
Texans quarterback Thad Lewis, wide receiver DeVier Posey, cornerback Andre Hal, safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Jeff Adams, tight end Garrett Graham and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney were ruled inactive Week 14 at Jacksonville.
Eddie Pleasant
News
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 

Nate Washington
News
The Texans signed veteran wide receiver Nate Washington on Wednesday, the organization announced

Washington has been in the league since 2005 and is entering his 11th season. His best season came in 2011 with the Titans when he went for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. That was the only season Washington has gone over 1,000 yards. 

Washington signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin in 2005. He was a part of both Steelers Super Bowl winning seasons (2005, 2008) before signing with the Titans. 

Cecil Shorts
News
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts is looking forward to a new start with the Texans, reports the team's official website.

“I’m just excited to get there and try and catch a lot of balls and help this team win,” Shorts III said in an interview with Texans Radio on Tuesday. “To pair up with (WR) D-Hop (DeAndre Hopkins) who had a great season last year and some other guys that played well as well. I’m just happy to get there and get things going.” 

After spending his first four seasons with the Jaguars, Shorts is excited about the Texans' offense and the direction the team is headed in going into 2015.

“It feels good,” Shorts III said of joining the Texans. “This organization is definitely a franchise that’s very consistent with winning the last some-odd years. I think it was a great year last year being Bill O’Brien’s first year coming in going 9-7 and right in the playoff hunt and they’re just a franchise going in the right direction.”

The 27-year-old has racked up 176 receptions for 2,343 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.

Kurtis Drummond
No Updates
Travis Labhart
News
The Texans signed linebacker Ricky Sapp and waived linebacker Jason Ankrah, reports CSNHouston.com. Houston also released wideout Travis Labhart from the practice squad and filled his spot with safety Josh Aubrey.
Brian Cushing
News
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing participated in Wednesday's OTA and he said he hasn't been this healthy in a long time, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"I'm the best physically I've been in a while," he said.

During the offseason, Cushing had surgery on his broken right wrist as well as arthroscopic procedures on his left knee and left ankle. He was able to play in 14 games in 2014 after only appearing in 13 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Will Yeatman
News
In addition to going without running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans have listed the following players as out for Saturday's game against the Falcons: linebacker Brian Cushing; defensive backs Johnathan Joseph, Shiloh Keo, Lonnie Ballentine and Elbert Mack; guards Conor Boffeli and Brandon Brooks; tackle Will Yeatman; defensive tackle Louis Nix III; and wide receiver Mike Thomas.
Damaris Johnson
News
The Texans re-signed slot receiver Damaris Johnson, a restricted free agent, to a one-year, $1 million deal, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. He caught 31 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown and also served as a punt and kickoff returner.
James Ferentz
No Updates
Alfred Blue
News
Running back Alfred Blue was a pleasant surprise for the Texans last year, and he is participating in a grueling offseason workout regimen in order to prove to the team that he is capable of handling more of the workload, per the Houston Chronicle

Blue has been working out with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in Houston, hoping to increase his speed and durability. Last year, Blue rushed for 528 yards and two touchdowns, starting in three games. This season, despite Arian Foster's role as the No. 1 back, Blue wants to become a bigger contributor. 

"They tell you every year that nobody's set, nobody's safe," Blue said. "You've got to come in every year like you just got drafted or like you're an undrafted free agent trying to make the team."

Xavier Su'a-Filo
News
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Texans in Week 17 against Jacksonville: Tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo and outside linebacker Jason Ankrah.
Jasper Coleman
No Updates
Derek Newton
News
The Texans won't allow Derek Newton to test the free agent market. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Houston locked up the right tackle to a five-year, $26.5 million deal with $13.75 million guaranteed, just two days before the start of the free agency period. 

Newton, 27, started 46 games over the last three seasons. He received the highest run-block grade among any right tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Duane Brown
News
The Texans have listed nine players as probable Week 5.

Duane Brown, Brian Cushing, Akeem Dent, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Chris Myers and D.J. Swearinger should all be able to go during the contest.

Defensive end Tim Jamison comes into the game listed as questionable. He's dealing with a groin injury and was limited in practice Friday. 

Ben Jones
News
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 

Brandon Brooks
News
Texans guard Brandon Brooks has started 30 games over the last two seasons, but coach Bill O'Brien thinks he may take a step forward from just being a starter. 

Brooks has lost weight over the offseason, O'Brien said, per the Houston Chronicle. He's been in top shape for the OTAs.

"I have very high expectations," O'Brien said. "I think he can be one the best guards in this league."

Greg Mancz
No Updates
Christian Covington
News
The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

Jon Weeks
News
Texans running back Brad Smelley (back), who was listed as questionable Friday, and running back Greg Jones (knee), defensive back Johnathan Joseph (groin), linebacker Joe Mays (knee), offensive lineman Derek Newton (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle), defensive lineman Antonio Smith (knee), offensive lineman Wade Smith (knee), defensive back D.J. Swearinger (foot), linebacker Justin Tuggle (elbow), defensive back Josh Victorian (back), long snapper Jon Weeks (elbow) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back), who were all listed as probable, are active for Week 16 against the Broncos.
Mike Mohamed
News
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Texans in Week 17 against Jacksonville: Tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), safety Josh Aubrey, offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo and outside linebacker Jason Ankrah.
A.J. Bouye
News
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 

Brian Hoyer
News
The notion that one of the candidates for the starting quarterback job with the Texans would play himself out of the running this early has turned out to be a little far-fetched.

Both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have impressed Bill O'Brien, who is now hedging on his earlier claim that he might name a starter soon. He might be forced to wait beyond the beginning of training camp.

"These two guys are competing really well; they're very bright guys," O'Brien told the team website. "I think they've both had really good springs. ... [The starter] might be named next week. He might be named after the Redskins three days of practice. It might be after the San Francisco preseason game."

Without pads or contact drills, the evaluation process at quarterback is more difficult. O'Brien must rely on other qualities, such as grasping concepts at meetings, practice performance, leadership qualities, picking up the offense and decision-making. So far, it appears to be a dead-heat.

"I don't think there's a situation here where one guy has just been that much better on any given day than the other guy," O'Brien said. "They both practice very well. These guys command at the line of scrimmage. Both these guys know how to run an offensive huddle in pro football. They're leaders, so I think it's helped our team."

Charles James
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The Texans have signed cornerbacks Charles James and Kendall James to the practice squad. 

Charles James was undrafted, but did make an appearance with the Giants in 2013. He recorded two tackles and induced a fumble. Kendall James was drafted by the Vikings this year, but did not make the 53-man roster. 

Bryan Witzmann
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Jaelen Strong
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Texans receiver Jaelen Strong was able to get some work in during Tuesday's minicamp practice, according to the team's website. 

Strong tweaked his hamstring during the first week of organized team activities and had been sidelined since. Strong was able to take part in positional work but did not participate in team drills. 

“Jaelen’s got a long way to go, so it was good to see him out there today," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He’s got a big stretch here in front of him where he can work on getting his hamstring better. It was a hamstring pull that he was missing with and get(ting) ready to go for training camp.” 

Randy Bullock
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With the Texans starting their third quarterback of the season, the team relied heavily on kicker Randy Bullock during the Texans’ 25-13 win over the Ravens Week 16.

Bullock set a franchise record by converting all six of his field goal attempts. Bullock converted from 35, 25, 30, 20, 39 and 33 yards. He also made his lone extra point attempt. Before converting all six field goals, Bullock had never made more than three field goals in any game during his career.

The Texans host the Jaguars Week 17.

Jared Crick
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The Texans have designated the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 4 matchup with the Bills: quarterback Tom Savage, safeties Shiloh Keo (calf) and Eddie Pleasant (ankle), linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Jeff Adams.

Bouye was questionable to play this week, while Keo, Pleasant and Clowney had all been previously ruled out. Running back Arian Foster (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hip) are active after being listed as questionable. Wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), defensive ends Jared Crick (neck) and Tim Jamison (groin), cornerbacks Kareem Jackson (thigh) and Johnathan Joseph (foot/ankle, neck), safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow, hip) and guard Ben Jones (knee) are all active for the game.

Ryan Griffin
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The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.

Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.

Louis Nix
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Texans nose tackle Louis Nix spoke about his lost rookie season this week in OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"A lot went on my first year here. It was a lot to deal with," said Nix, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during the preseason and eventually was placed on season-ending injured reserve. "It was difficult to maintain it with all the issues. But I'm happy about now, and that's what I'm worried about. I'm just trying to move forward and do the best I can."

Coach Bill O'Brien expressed frustration with Nix earlier this offseason.

"Bill is Bill. He challenges everybody," Nix said. "Sometimes you guys make it more than what it is. … He wants guys to be better. I take no offense to it. I know he just wants me to be the best player that I can be. He sees potential, and I see it in myself. I'm starting to get back in a groove of things. I'm just going to keep trying to do the best I can."

Nix is finally healthy and working his way into game shape.

"Make it through a practice, man," Nix said. "That's my goal."

Kourtnei Brown
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The Rams have issued a series of cuts to reach the mandated roster of limit of 53 for the regular season.

Those on the offensive side of the ball are wide receivers Emory Blake, Austin Franklin and Justin Veltung, linemen Sean Hooey, Mitchell Van Dyk, Travis Bond and Brandon Washington, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and tight end Brad Smelley.

Defenders now gone are linemen Kourtnei Brown, Matt Conrath and Deantre Harlan, defensive backs Christian Bryant, Darren Woodard, Avery Cunningham and Greg Reid and linebackers Aaron Hill, Etienne Sabino, Phillip Seward and Lawrence Wilson.

The Rams also placed wideout Stedman Bailey on the reserved/suspended list.

Keith Mumphery
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The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

Aaron Adams
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The Packers waived offensive tackle Aaron Adams on Wednesday, according to the NFL's transaction wire. Adams was waived with a failed physical designation. 

Adams played college football at Eastern Kentucky. 

Max Bullough
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The Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
Jadeveon Clowney
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Texans coach Bill O'Brien revealed Sunday the team is targeting a mid-August return for linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, reports the team's official website.

"I would say the goal is to get him back on the field on August 17th and then go from there," O'Brien said.

Clowney is on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to a knee injury. He only appeared in four games last season after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

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Knee - PUP. Questionable for start of season
Terrance Parks
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As expected, the Texans have signed Thad Lewis to take the roster spot vacated when fellow quarterback Ryan Mallett was placed on IR.

The team has also added safety Terrance Parks to the practice squad.

Vince Wilfork
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After spending 11 seasons with the Patriots, Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is ready to put pressure on his new teammates and coaches to raise their performance levels, according to the team's official website.

"You have to put pressure on each individual, and that’s what I’m going to do," Wilfork said. "I’m going to put pressure on everybody. Not just myself. Not just the older guys. Not just J.J. (Watt). The quarterback. The coaches. No. It’s everybody."

"I’m not a rah-rah guy," Wilfork said. "And that’s one of the things that they’ll get to know quick. I love to have fun. I have the passion. I love the game. But if I need to say something, I will say something."

Entering his 12th season, the five-time All-Pro selection has recorded 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Kevin Johnson
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First impressions aren't necessarily important for first-round picks in the NFL. They are far more critical to lower selections and undrafted free agents who desperately need to raise a few eyebrows immediately lest they be back out looking for work.

But whether necessary or not, Texans first-rounder Kevin Johnson is making one heck of a first impression on Bill O'Brien. The clornerback opened some eyes at minicamp.

"This is a guy that's a very quick guy," O'Brien said. "He's a tall guy. He's a guy that has really good transition ability. He's got what I call really good recover transition. If he's getting beat, he can stick his foot in the ground and really make up a lot of ground.

"He's a very bright player. If you ask him questions in the morning meeting, he really has obviously studied the night before. He's working out on his own and doing things to help stay up on material that's being installed."

Johnson believes he needs to do the little things right to make a big impact in his rookie year.

"From the training room to the classroom to the film study, everything is just more detailed," he told the team website. "I'm just trying to take it all in and use everything around here and just get better."

Joseph Treadwell
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Brandon Deaderick
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The Texans have signed defensive end Brandon Deaderick, a source has told the National Football Post.

Deaderick has racked up significant playing time for three different teams, including New Orleans last season.

Jonathan Grimes
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The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).

Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
John Simon
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Texans featured back Arian Foster is listed as questionable for the Sunday game in Cleveland, but various report have him as likely sidelined. If that is the case, only he and cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee) will be absent. Jackson has already been ruled out.

The probables including premier linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing, both with knee injuries, as well as Brooks Reed (groin), Jeff Tarpinian (knee), Justin Tuggle (shoulder) and John Simon (ankle). Cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (concussion/knee) and Darryl Morris (ankle) are also probable.

Lynden Trail
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Lonnie Ballentine
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Texans safety Lonnie Ballentine was placed on injured reserve Monday. Ballentine was the last pick of this year's draft.
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Tevita Finau
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The Jets have cut their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players.

Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.

The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.

Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.

Shane Lechler
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The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).

Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Matt Feiler
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Akeem Dent
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The Texans will re-sign veteran linebacker Akeem Dent to a two-year contract, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson

Dent started seven games a year ago for the Texans in his first season with Houston. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Falcons. The Falcons traded Dent to the Texans for backup quarterback T.J. Yates in 2014. 

In his four-year career, Dent has totaled 174 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. 

David Quessenberry
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Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma one year ago Wednesday, predicted he will make a return to football. 

“I will be back out there,” Quessenberry told the Texans' team site. “That will be a special day. I’ve been through a lot. That’s something that’s been a vision of mine throughout this whole process.”

Selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, Quessenberry has yet to log an NFL snap. He was placed on IR with a foot injury his rookie season and then received the cancer diagnosis last summer. 

Quessenberry isn't cleared to resume football activities but he has been working out and lifting weights with his teammates. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said it's not out of the question that Quessenberry plays this season. 

“I would say that this season is a possibility,” O’Brien said. “I would not rule it out. I would not rule it out, but we haven’t come to that determination yet.

Whitney Mercilus
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The Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Whitney Mercilus, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.

Cameron McLeod
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J.J. Watt
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After being signed by the Texans this offseason, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is excited to be a part of a defensive line that includes J.J. Watt, reports ESPN. Watt told Wilfork that he is excited, as well.

"Yeah, we talked since I signed," Wilfork said in an interview. "He’s probably more excited than I am. But little does he know, I’m very excited to come down here."

Although the Texans will rely on Wilfork to be one of the leaders on the defense, he isn't going to try to change anything about Watt.

"My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork said. "I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is going to feel the same way, when you have a guy that dynamic. You can’t ask him to change anything. He’s been a beast, and hopefully he’ll continue to be that beast and I’m looking forward to it."

Over his 11-year career, the 33-year-old has compiled 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Rahim Moore
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Former Broncos safety Rahim Moore has agreed to terms with the Texans, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Moore was a second-round selection out of UCLA by the Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft. In his four seasons with Denver, Moore totaled 196 tackles and eight interceptions. Four of those interceptions came this past season. 

However, Moore will long be linked with allowing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco pass to go over his head and into the arms of receiver Jacoby Jones for a late 70-yard touchdown in a divisional round playoff game following the 2012 regular season. The Ravens won that game in double overtime as a result. 

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