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Deshaun Watson would play “the whole game” in the preseason, if he could

At a time when NFL coaches are keeping more and more of their quarterbacks in bubble wrap for the preseason, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson would prefer to ditch the training wheels. Asked Wednesday to specify the amount of time he’d like to play during the team’s upcoming preseason game against the Cowboys on Saturday, Watson [more]

David Steinmetz breaks his ankle, out for season

The Texans fears about offensive tackle David Steinmetz were confirmed by medical tests. Steinmetz broke his right ankle, ending his season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Steinmetz will undergo surgery to repair the fracture. Earlier Wednesday, Steinmetz was carted off from practice with an air cast on his lower leg. Steinmetz originally signed [more]

XFL unveils eight team names, logos

The eight re-inaugural XFL teams have had cities and coaches for a long time. They now have names and logos. The teams of the resurrected XFL are the Dallas Renegades, the Houston Roughnecks, the L.A. Wildcats, the New York Guardians, the St. Louis BattleHawks, the Seattle Dragons, the Tampa Bay Vipers, and the D.C. Defenders. [more]

Mario Williams arrested for criminal trespassing

Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft who became a four-time Pro Bowler, was arrested on Tuesday on a trespassing charge. Williams entered a woman’s home in Katy, Texas, without her permission and was arrested and released on a $100 bond, according to KHOU. Williams reportedly has a child with [more]

Bill O’Brien offers salty answer to Matt Kalil injury question

Texans left tackle Matt Kalil is hurt a lot. Texans left tackle Matt Kalil wasn’t at practice Tuesday. Ask Texans coach Bill O’Brien if Matt Kalil is hurt at your own risk. Via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, O’Brien had a rather interesting reaction when asked if Kalil was injured today. “Is he hurt? [more]

Duke Johnson practices with Texans for first time

The Texans said they have a “vision” for how to use running back Duke Johnson when they acquired him in a trade with the Browns, but turning that vision into reality has been delayed. Johnson has been dealing with a hamstring injury since early in the summer, but the Texans’ wait to get him on [more]

Texans sign Derrick Jones

The Texans signed cornerback Derrick Jones on Monday, according to the NFL’s transactions report. They waived receiver Stephen Louis in a corresponding move. It is Jones’ third team in the past week. The Jets cut him, and he was claimed by the Packers last week. But Green Bay waived Jones with a failed physical designation. [more]

D’Onta Foreman tears biceps

The Colts placed running back D'Onta Foreman on injured reserve with no explanation. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has provided one: Foreman tore a biceps. Foreman will need a four-month recovery. It’s another bad break for Foreman, who tore his Achilles in a Nov. 19, 2017, game during his rookie season. The injury hampered [more]

Tytus Howard broke his finger

Texans first-round pick Tytus Howard picked up an injury in this weekend’s game against the Lions, but it is not expected to impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Howard went to the locker room with medical personnel during the game. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Howard broke his [more]

“Blindside block” in Lions-Texans game creates confusion

The new blindside block rule is telling replay review of pass interference to hold its beer. With multiple questionable, at best, applications of the new procedure for reviewing pass interference calls and non-calls during the 2019 preseason, the new, sweeping banishment of all blindside blocks is creating some confusion. It happened on Saturday, in the [more]

Bill O’Brien: Matt Kalil is our starting left tackle

Matt Kalil did not start at left tackle for the Texans on Saturday, but he will be in the lineup for Week One. Roderick Johnson got the start against the Lions with Deshaun Watson at quarterback, which led to questions for head coach Bill O’Brien about the plans for a key spot on an offensive [more]

Deshaun Watson leads Texans to TD on his only drive

Deshaun Watson didn’t play in the preseason opener. He didn’t play much Saturday night. But the Texans quarterback played long enough to lead his team to a touchdown. In his one series, Watson needed 11 plays and 5 minutes, 33 seconds to cover 75 yards. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 60 yards and [more]

Texans claim Jermaine Ponder off waivers

The Texans claimed cornerback Jermaine Ponder off waivers from the Steelers on Friday, the team announced. Ponder played collegiately at St. Francis University. He made 16 pass breakups last season, fifth-most in the NCAA’s FCS. Ponder signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent, but they cut him two weeks ago. The Steelers signed [more]

Will Fuller hopes to play in the preseason

Texans receiver Will Fuller hasn’t played a game since Oct. 25. That’s when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Fuller is practicing, and after sitting out the preseason opener, he hopes to see exhibition action. “Definitely,” Fuller said Thursday, via quotes from the team. “I think I need to play in [more]

Bill O’Brien doesn’t know whether his starters will play vs. Lions

The Lions and Texans have spent time practicing together this week. They’ll play on Saturday night. Houston’s starters may get the night off. “I don’t know,” coach Bill O’Brien said regarding whether he’ll use his first-string players. “We have got to look at the reps they got here [practicing against the Lions]. They got like [more]

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