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Brian Cushing’s longtime trainer says DHEA caused positive PED test

Joe DeFranco, a personal trainer who has worked with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing throughout Cushing’s high school, college and NFL careers, says that Cushing tested positive for PEDs because he took DHEA. Although DHEA is a legal supplement sold in many nutrition stores, it is banned by the NFL and many other sports leagues. DeFranco [more]

Bill Belichick sees a lot of Lawrence Taylor in J.J. Watt

Patriots coach Bill Belichick coached one of the best defensive players in NFL history, in Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. And when he watches Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, he sees a lot of similarities in their games. Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Belichick said most of the comparisons between the only three-time [more]

NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time

As the league looks for ways to make the presentation of its games more compelling on TV, the league needs to further embrace ways to present more compelling games. Currently, flexible schedule isn’t available until Week Five, and even then it can be used only twice before Week 10. Ideally, the league would have the [more]

Will Fuller won’t play this week

The Texans got wide receiver Will Fuller back on the practice field this week, but they’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get him back into game action. Fuller broke his collarbone during training camp and word at the time was that he’d need 2-3 months before being ready to get back into [more]

Alfred Blue returns to practice for first time in almost a month

Texans running back Alfred Blue returned to practice Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Blue had not practiced since spraining his ankle in a joint practice with the Saints on Aug. 24. Blue’s sprain was a high-ankle, forcing him to miss the final two preseason games and the first two regular-season games. [more]

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick contributed to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt‘s Hurricane relief fund. Brady donated $100,000, and Belichick gave $50,000. “That’s an incredibly kind gesture and shows what kind of people they are and speaks volumes about their character,” Watt said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “They’re good [more]

Texans sign cornerback Johnthan Banks

The Texans have had a crash course this season in injuries clumping up at certain positions, and now they have a transaction that reflects a pair of them. The team announced that they had signed cornerback Johnthan Banks, and made room for him by waiving tight end Evan Baylis. Baylis was their only healthy tight [more]

Belichick’s Patriots have lost five times to rookie quarterbacks

Yes, the Patriots have defeated rookie quarterbacks fifteen times under coach Bill Belichick. But, via Mike Reiss of, they’ve also lost to rookie signal-callers five times. While 15-5 is an impressive win-loss mark, the notion that Belichick has lost five times to still-wet-behind-the-ears quarterbacks is a little stunning. Making it even more stunning is [more]

Deshaun Watson could make things interesting in New England

The Texans get yet another crack at the Patriots with yet another quarterback. Maybe this time it will be different. Apart from the fact that the New England defense has struggled relative to its past standard in 2017, the Patriots at times have had a hard time corralling and containing quarterbacks who are fleet of [more]

Texans reportedly will sign Johnthan Banks

The Texans are expected to sign cornerback Johnthan Banks, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Houston also worked out defensive backs Stanley Jean-Baptise, Corey White, Josh Thornton and B.W. Webb on Tuesday. The Texans lost cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson in Thursday’s victory over the Bengals. Johnson will miss four to six [more]

Jaguars claim Jaelen Strong

Jaelen Strong doesn’t play for the Texans anymore, but he’s staying in the AFC South. According to multiple reports, the Jaguars claimed Strong off of waivers a day after the Texans cut him loose. Strong didn’t play in the opener because he was serving a suspension and didn’t catch a pass in last Thursday’s victory [more]

Will Fuller practices for first time since breaking collarbone

Texans receiver Will Fuller practiced for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 2, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. It remains unclear whether Fuller will play Sunday, though McClain said the receiver could play “if everything goes well with Fuller in practice.” Houston needs Fuller after cutting receiver Jaelen Strong on [more]

Texans move on from Jaelen Strong

The Texans need receivers, but they decided they don’t need Jaelen Strong. Strong was cut on Monday. The third-round pick in 2015 played on Thursday night in Cincinnati, but he caught no passes. For his career, Strong has caught 28 passes in 19 games. His rookie contract will be subject to waivers. The Texans signed [more]

Yannick Ngakoue fined for roughing Deshaun Watson

Four days before he made his first NFL start, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson made his first regular-season appearance. He took four sacks in the process. But he also drew a roughing penalty on Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. Via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the NFL has fined Ngakoue $24,309 for the infraction. As [more]

Texans beef up offensive line with Jah Reid

The Texans’ offensive line has been a mess for the first two games of the season, so they’re calling in reinforcements. Veteran lineman Jah Reid will sign with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. A 2011 third-round pick of the Ravens who played four years in Baltimore, Reid played in 12 games with one start [more]

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