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23. HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
LAST SEASON: Used nine-game winning streak to dig out of early hole and become first team since 1998 to reach playoffs after 0-3 start before falling to Colts in...
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HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Kareem Jackson, FS Tyrann Mathieu, CB Kayvon Webster, QB Joe Webb, CB Shareece Wright, ILB Brian Peters, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Alfred Blue,...
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HOUSTON TEXANS (4-12)
New faces: S Tyrann Mathieu, G Senio Kelemete, G Zach Fulton, OT Seantrel Henderson, CB Aaron Colvin, QB Brandon Weeden, TE Jordan Akins.
Key losses: LB Brian Cushing, OT Jeff Allen, OL Xavier Su'a-Filo.
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TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LBs Avery Williamson and Erik Walden; WRs Eric Decker and Harry Douglas; DE DaQuan Jones; CB Brice McCain; G Josh Kline; C Brian Schwenke; QB Brandon Weeden.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Quinton Spain; DE David King; CB Curtis Riley.
Patriots RBs Burkhead, Gillislee inactive against Titans
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots will be without running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee when they host the Titans in the divisional round Saturday night.
Both Burkhead and Gillislee are out with knee injuries. With them out, the primary rushing duties will fall to Dion Lewis and James White.
Steelers S Mike Mitchell, TE Vance McDonald out vs. Titans
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have new faces in the secondary against Tennessee.
Cornerback Joe Haden is out indefinitely with a fractured left leg. The team made safety Mike Mitchell inactive when his ankle didn't heal in time to face the Titans. Coty Sensabaugh will start in place of Haden. Rob Golden will fill in for Mitchell. The Steelers have the second-ranked pass defense in the NFL.
Titans go get another QB, add Weeden with Mariota ailing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are adding Brandon Weeden to the roster as a third quarterback with Marcus Mariota recovering from a strained hamstring.
The Titans announced the move Tuesday. Coach Mike Mularkey says Mariota is day to day after hurting his hamstring in a 57-14 loss to the Texans.
Texans cut K Novak; QB Weeden to get down to 53
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released kicker Nick Novak, their starter for the past two seasons, and veteran quarterback Brandon Weeden as they reduced their roster to the 53-player maximum Saturday.
Novak lost his job because of the performance in camp of former UCLA standout Ka'imi Fairbairn. Fairbairn signed with the Texans last season after going undrafted and spent all of last year on the injured reserve.
Standing a few yards behind Tom Savage, Texans coach Bill O'Brien had the perfect vantage point Tuesday to observe his starting quarterback's throwing delivery and mechanics.
Houston Texans trade up to get QB Deshaun Watson
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson is the newest quarterback for the Houston Texans.
For now, the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist is also a backup.
The Texans addressed their need at the position by trading with Cleveland to select the Clemson standout with the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. They traded away the 25th overall pick in this year's draft as well as their first-round selection next season to nab Watson.
Quarterback Tom Savage offered a glimpse into the Texans' meeting room last season when coach Bill O'Brien and former quarterback Brock Osweiler had some of their notable blowups.
On the first day of the team's offseason program, Savage was asked about new quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan, who tutored receivers last season.
With former offensive coordinator George Godsey in Detroit and Osweiler exiled to Cleveland, O'Brien will call plays for the first time since 2014, his first season.
The Texans may need an act of God to finally answer their prayers for a quarterback who will provide the consistency and stability that have been missing since Bill O'Brien was hired in 2014.
Because they know Tony Romo isn't part of the equation, the Texans can focus on quarterbacks who are available in the draft. They need to find a prospect who has the potential to save them from a predicament that's become an annual embarrassment for the organization.
HOUSTON — In a stunning move designed to clear salary cap space, the Texans traded quarterback Brock Osweiler to Cleveland on Thursday in a move that could possibly facilitate the signing of Tony Romo.
The Texans will not trade for Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, according to two people familiar with the situation. But if he’s released, they will pursue him.
The Texans need another quarterback because Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden are the only current ones under contract.
Miller out for Texans, Green missing for Bengals
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are without running back Lamar Miller on Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, who won't have receiver A.J. Green.
Miller, who hasn't missed a game this season, injured his ankle late in last week's win over the Jaguars. Green told reporters that he'd play in this game earlier this week after missing four games with a hamstring injury. But he was among the inactive players on Saturday night amid reports that he was unhappy with the decision.
Smith, Wilfork to play when Raiders face Texans
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cornerback Sean Smith is active for the Oakland Raiders and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will play for the Houston Texans after being questionable with injuries.
Smith missed the previous game for Oakland with a shoulder injury but will play Monday night against the Texans at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Wilfork was questionable with a groin injury but will play.
Latimer inactive for Broncos as he recovers from concussion
DENVER (AP) — Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer was inactive Monday night against Houston as he recovers from a concussion.
The third-year player out of Indiana was hurt on Oct. 13 in San Diego. Latimer has three catches for 22 yards this season.
Left tackle Russell Okung was in the starting lineup after leaving the game in San Diego in an ambulance due to a concussion.
Texans will face Colts without 2 starters in secondary
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston will be without half of its starters in the secondary against Indianapolis with cornerback Kareem Jackson and safety Quintin Demps among the Texans inactive players Sunday night.
Jackson is out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury, and Demps has a calf injury he suffered last Sunday. Houston's other starting cornerback, Johnathan Joseph, is active after leaving last week's game with a concussion.