Texans look to bright future with Watson after playoff exit
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's impressive turnaround after a 0-3 start ended in disappointment with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.
Still, the Texans remain optimistic about their future because they're confident they've finally found their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson after years of misfires at the position.
Texans clinch; look to improve as they chase division title
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans were on a plane returning from their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday when they learned that Pittsburgh's loss to New Orleans had clinched their spot in the playoffs.
And according to coach Bill O'Brien the team did nothing to celebrate the moment.
"We were all watching the film, and just trying to be as honest as I can with you, there's was no reaction," O'Brien said.
Texans look ahead to bigger goals after reaching 10 wins
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans moved closer to clinching the AFC South by bouncing back from last week's loss with a win over the Jets.
Now they'll try to get banged-up players DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller healthy before visiting the Super Bowl champion Eagles next week. A win could leave open the possibility of getting a first-round playoff bye.
O’Brien defends late penalty from Clowney in loss to Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien on Monday defended Jadeveon Clowney and his late offside penalty that factored into Houston's 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, which ended a nine-game winning streak.
Texans defense looks to improve after 9th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — With the defense forcing a season-high four turnovers, the Houston Texans extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns.
But as good as the unit has been, the Texans believe they can get much better down the stretch with the first test coming on Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Texans look to build on big rushing performance
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans set a team record by running for 281 yards in beating Tennessee.
Now they will try to keep their running game going against Cleveland when they attempt to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games.
Houston's big rushing performance came thanks in large part to the performance of Lamar Miller, who ran for a season-high 162 yards. His night was highlighted by a franchise-long 97-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Houston Texans founder and owner McNair dies at 81
HOUSTON (AP) — Robert "Bob" McNair, the man who brought football back to Houston after the Oilers left for Tennessee by founding the Texans, has died. He was 81.
One of the NFL's most influential owners, McNair had battled both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma in recent years before dying in Houston on Friday. The team did not immediately release a cause of death, but said he died peacefully with wife Janice and his family by his side.
Houston Texans founder and owner McNair dies at 81
HOUSTON (AP) — Robert "Bob" McNair, billionaire founder and owner of the Houston Texans, has died. He was 81.
One of the NFL's most influential owners, McNair had battled both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma in recent years before dying in Houston on Friday. The team did not immediately release a cause of death, but said he died peacefully with his wife Janice and his family by his side.
Texans face Titans, go for franchise-record 8th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have matched a franchise record for most consecutive wins and are the first team since the 1925 New York Giants to win seven straight games after opening a season 0-3.
Despite this impressive streak, they're far from satisfied and know they'll have to continue to improve to get their eighth win in a row when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
Texans look to push streak to franchise-record 8 games
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans became the first team since 1925 to win seven straight after starting 0-3 with a victory over Washington on Sunday.
They go for a franchise record for consecutive wins when they host AFC South rival Tennessee next Monday night. Despite their streak, they know that they have plenty more work to do to get to where they want to be.
Houston RB Foreman could return to practice soon
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman has recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered almost a year ago and could return to practice soon.
When Foreman returns to practice the team will have 21 days to take him off the physically unable to perform list and add him to the active roster.
He believes he could return to practice as early as this week.
Texans roll to sixth straight win entering bye week
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have won six straight games for the first time since 2012, leaving their terrible start behind them and putting them firmly in control of the AFC South as they head into their week off.
Despite the dramatic turnaround, coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans (6-3) know that they haven't accomplished anything yet.
"We've done a great job of coming back from where we were," O'Brien said. "But we've got a long way to go."
A half-dozen NFL coaches worthy of praise this season
Some fans are shaking their heads in wonderment at the performances of some first-year head coaches who keep on losing. Others are campaigning to get rid of an incumbent.
Yet there's an impressive number of men doing terrific jobs who deserve to be praised as we approach the halfway mark of the NFL schedule.
Texans’ Will Fuller out for season with torn knee ligament
HOUSTON (AP) — Texans receiver Will Fuller has a torn knee ligament and will miss the rest of the season, a big blow to a team that has won five in a row and is coming off a high-scoring victory.
He was injured during the fourth quarter Thursday night against Miami when he became entangled with a defender and tumbled to the ground.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday he doesn't know when Fuller will have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Houston was 0-3, Miami was 3-0. Now both are 4-3.
The Houston Texans began the season 0-3 despite high expectations. They've now won four in a row, and those high expectations have returned.
Miami had a good start, going 3-0, but now has faltered and stands 4-3 with an uncertain situation at quarterback.
Things are looking up for AFC South leader Houston, and aren't nearly so bright for the Dolphins, who live in the same neighborhood as New England, the AFC East.
Houston, No. 12 in the AP Pro32, is a 7½-point choice over No. 18 Miami.
Texans have quick turnaround as they look to stay on a roll
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have put their 0-3 start behind them, winning four straight games capped by Sunday's victory over the Jaguars to move into first place in the AFC South.
But they won't have much time to celebrate their recent success with the Dolphins coming to town on Thursday night.
Houston’s Hal returns to practice after fight with cancer
HOUSTON (AP) — Safety Andre Hal, who is in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, resumed practicing with the Houston Texans on Wednesday, giving the team 21 days to take him off the non-football illness list and add him to the active roster.
Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission on Sept. 18.
Watson hit 19 times as Texans beat Bills 20-13
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans got their third straight win on Sunday.
But it came with a price as the already-banged up quarterback took 19 more hits in the 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Watson was sacked seven times and took 12 other hits from the Bills. The second-year player, questionable this week with a chest injury, was slow to get up several times and didn't seem to be moving as well as he normally does.
Texans try to limit Watson’s hits as they prepare for Bills
HOUSTON (AP) — Everyone agrees that Deshaun Watson took far too many hits last week against the Dallas Cowboys.
That doesn't mean Houston's quarterback is going to change the way he plays on Sunday when the Texans (2-3) host the Buffalo Bills (2-3).
Many of those hits against Dallas came on runs when he simply refused to slide, something that he won't apologize for.
Houston Texans look to fix red zone woes
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans got their second straight win on Sunday after an 0-3 start, but they still have plenty of room for improvement.
Notably in the red zone where they managed just one touchdown in six trips against the Cowboys.
"We've got to make major improvements there because we're moving the ball, but we're not scoring touchdowns," coach Bill O'Brien said.
Watson helps Texans to 19-16 win over Cowboys in overtime
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has a knack for making big plays, whether it's with his arm or his feet.
But after the quarterback took a few too many unnecessary hits in a 19-16 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, his teammates wondered if maybe he should dial things back a bit.
Fairbairn’s FG in OT lifts Texans over Cowboys 19-16
HOUSTON (AP) — When DeAndre Hopkins had a chance to make a play in overtime on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Houston's star receiver was intent on redeeming himself after losing a rare fumble in the third quarter.
He did that with a spectacular 49-yard catch and run that got the Texans in scoring range, and Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 36-yard field goal to lift the Texans to a 19-16 win.
Texans win but still have more work to do
HOUSTON (AP) — After finally getting their first win this weekend, the Houston Texans know that they still have plenty of work to do if they hope to get on a roll and turn their season around.
The Texans (1-3) squandered an 18-point lead on Sunday before beating the Colts 37-34 in overtime to end a nine-game losing streak going back to last season.
Coming up next is a showdown with in-state rival Dallas, a team that enters the game at 2-2 after a victory over Detroit this weekend.
Texans visit Colts desperate for 1st win
HOUSTON (AP) — A season so promising just a few short weeks ago is on the verge of falling apart for the Houston Texans.
One of only three winless teams in the NFL, the Texans are desperate to get a victory on Sunday against the Colts and try to salvage their season.
"We have to win this game," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "We just have to win."
Texans look to fix mistakes after 0-3 start
HOUSTON (AP) — After losing three close games to fall to 0-3 for the first time since 2008, the Houston Texans are pondering all the little things they did wrong that contributed to the defeats.
They've had a few turnovers but possibly more detrimental to their success than that has been the constant smaller mistakes that have kept the team from running the way it should.
Texans blast educator for ‘black QB’ comment about Watson
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans fired back Wednesday at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: "You can't count on a black quarterback," in the comment section of an online news article where he was criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Texans look to clean up mistakes to avoid falling to 0-3
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans committed mistake after mistake in their loss to Tennessee.
Now they must figure out a way to fix these problems, so they don't fall into a 0-3 hole when they meet the New York Giants on Sunday.
Titans rookie coach faces off against Texans, his old boss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel knows Houston coach Bill O'Brien pretty well after spending the past four seasons working as a Texans assistant, including 2017 as defensive coordinator. Now Vrabel has his own team in Tennessee, and the rookie is about to square off with his former boss looking for his first victory as an NFL head coach.
Watson looks to improve against Titans without key lineman
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson looked rusty in Houston's season-opening loss to New England, committing two turnovers and failing to move the offense consistently in his return from knee surgery.
Now the second-year quarterback must find a way to improve before Houston begins AFC South play on Sunday at Tennessee where the Texans will be without right tackle Seantrel Henderson.
HOUSTON (0-0) at NEW ENGLAND (0-0)
Sunday, 1p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 6 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 7-9, New England 12-7
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 9-1
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Texans 36-33, Sept. 24, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 12, Patriots No. 2
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (21).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (13), PASS (24).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (10), PASS (2).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (20), PASS (30).
Texans cut veteran punter Shane Lechler
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released veteran punter Shane Lechler just before what would have been his 19th NFL season.
Lechler was let go after the Texans decided to go with undrafted rookie Trevor Daniel.
The 42-year-old Lechler spent the first 13 years of his career with the Raiders before joining the Texans in 2013. He started 206 games for Oakland and never missed a game as a Texan, making all 80 starts in his five seasons with the team.
Texans’ Watt eager to return, move past injury woes
HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 11 months from his most recent NFL game, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt isn't hiding his eagerness to get back on the field.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year hasn't played since he suffered a broken left leg against Kansas City in Week 5 last season. The prior year, he missed the final 13 games of the 2016 season with a back injury that required surgery.
Watson, Garoppolo sharp as Texans top 49ers 16-13
HOUSTON (AP) — After throwing just one pass in his return to game action last week, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was determined to stay on the field a little longer on Saturday night.
Watson used his one series to march the Texans down the field, going 5 of 8 for 73 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington in Houston's 16-13 exhibition victory over the San Francisco 49ers,
Texans release right tackle Derek Newton
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released right tackle Derek Newton on Thursday.
Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees in a Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos in 2016. He didn't play again for Houston, sitting out 2017 on the physically unable to perform list. Newton failed a physical in March.
Texans hire Brian Gaine as GM, extend Bill O’Brien’s deal
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.
The team announced the deals Saturday. Gaine signed a five-year contract and O'Brien was extended for four years.
Broncos, Texans staffs will coach in Senior Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' staff will coach at the Senior Bowl later this month, where they'll get an up-close look at Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield , who is one of the college quarterbacks sure to be on their radar as they prepare for the NFL draft.
O’Brien retains job with Texans; is vague about future
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Bill O'Brien kept his job despite Houston's 4-12 finish and looks to be returning for next season.
His status beyond that is far less certain.
O'Brien, who has one season left on his contract, was asked repeatedly on Tuesday if he'll be with the Texans next season and if he's been offered a contract extension. He never refused comment, but avoided answering the questions directly with the skill of a veteran politician.
Browns to interview Texans QB coach for O-coordinator job
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Cleveland's interest in Ryan on Tuesday, a day after Browns coach Hue Jackson said he would consider hiring a coordinator after handling the play-calling duties over the past two seasons.
Jackson went 0-16 this season and is 1-31 with the Browns, but is being kept by owner Jimmy Haslam.
Matching execs and coaches to teams a business of its own
NEW YORK (AP) — For a guy who has dealt with so many high-profile people — Jerry Jones, Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll to name a few — Jed Hughes manages to stay out of the limelight.
That's just fine with Hughes. Brokering deals is what he's all about.
Texans looking to end skid in finale against Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have lost five games in a row for the first time since 2013, and as they prepare for their regular-season finale at Indianapolis they're trying not to dwell on how disappointing this season has been or look too far ahead.
Coach Bill O'Brien and his team are simply focused on trying to improve and end their skid this week.
Cancer survivor Quessenberry makes debut for Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Cancer survivor David Quessenberry knew all week that he'd make his NFL debut on Monday for the Houston Texans against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What he didn't realize until before just before the game was that he'd not only play, but be one of his team's captains.
"That surprised me," he said. "That was really cool. I didn't expect that. When (coach Bill O'Brien) told the team that, everyone was really excited for me, and I was, too."
Houston’s Yates struggles again in 34-6 loss to Steelers
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's quarterback woes continued on Monday, and it led to yet another loss.
T.J. Yates had two turnovers in the first half and managed just 83 yards passing in a 34-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that extended the Texans' skid to five games.
Cancer survivor Quessenberry to make NFL debut for Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — During the really tough times as he fought to overcome cancer, David Quessenberry would daydream about reaching his lifelong goal of playing in an NFL game.
It was a plan that was derailed when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and put on hold for years as he underwent treatment for the disease.
O’Brien says he’ll never resign as coach of the Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Bill O'Brien was emphatic on Monday about his desire to remain with the Houston Texans, a day after the team dropped to 4-10 with an embarrassing 45-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I will never quit as the head football coach of the Houston Texans," he said. "Ever."
O'Brien, who has one more season left on his contract, was asked if he had thought about resigning after the Texans complete what will be the first losing season in his time with the team.
HOUSTON (4-9) at JACKSONVILLE (9-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Jaguars by 9 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 7-6, Jacksonville 8-5
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 19-12
LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Texans 29-7, Sept. 10
LAST WEEK - Texans lost to 49ers 26-16; Jaguars beat Seahawks 30-24
AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 26 (tie), Jaguars No. 8
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (13), PASS (17)
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (10), PASS (26)
JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (18)
Savage doesn’t blame his coach for concussion goof-up
Bill O'Brien takes a lot of heat in Houston for his quarterback decisions. He shouldn't be blamed for allowing Tom Savage to go back into the game after a hard hit from Elvis Dumervil left him dazed and his hands visibly quivering, leading fans to fear he'd suffered not only a concussion but a seizure.
O’Brien says Savage wouldn’t have returned if he saw video
HOUSTON (AP) — Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he wouldn't have let Tom Savage re-enter Sunday's game after an alarming hit that gave him a concussion and left the quarterback's hands shaking if he had seen the video of the hit.
Savage was injured with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston's 26-16 loss to San Francisco when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil.
NFL, NFLPA looking into Savage’s return despite concussion
The NFL is checking whether concussion protocol was properly followed Sunday when Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to briefly return to action after a hard hit in the end zone that left him dazed and with his hands quivering.
Texans look to regroup after mistake and injury-filled game
HOUSTON (AP) — After yet another loss, the Houston Texans are trying to figure out how to correct their mistakes and deal with several more injuries after already losing stars J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson for the season.
Houston's 24-13 defeat at Tennessee on Sunday was its fifth loss in six games to drop the team to 4-8.
Already decimated by injuries, the Texans sustained several more against the Titans, leaving them thin at several positions heading into Sunday's game against the 49ers.