Ryan Mallett Upset But Will Do ‘What’s Best for the Team’ After Losing QB Battle

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A day after losing the Texans’ starting quarterback competition, Ryan Mallett did not feel better about the decision, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.

“I’m still part of a really good football team; I’m not looking at it as a setback,” Mallett said on Tuesday. “Am I disappointed? Yeah. Angry? Little bit. Thought I did enough to deserve the job. But it was not seen that way, so I’ll do what’s best for the team.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien named Brian Hoyer the team’s starter on Monday after a competition that began with the team’s offseason program back in the spring. The Texans added Hoyer in free agency and re-signed Mallett after trading for him in August 2014.

Mallett came in as a backup in the Texans’ first preseason game (10-11, 90 yards), then started their second preseason game (5-7, 23 yards).

“I’m just going to wait until my turn gets called,” Mallett said. “At some point it’s going to happen this year. We played four quarterbacks last year, so I’ll do what I have to do to better the team.”

Mallett, who said he wanted the job “more than anything,” was asked whether he had a fair shot in the competition.

“It is what it is,” he said.

The Texans alternated days through training camp in which Hoyer and Mallett each worked with the first-team offense.

“I just felt the longer that camp went along, the better I was playing,” Mallett said. “I felt good about every day of practice. I was getting [into a] rhythm.”

“I’m not going to let my team down when my number’s called,” Mallett said. “I thought I had a pretty good camp. I thought it was consistent in my completion percentage every day. Didn’t turn the ball over. Three incompletions so far in the preseason, so I thought I was playing all right.”

Texans Ink Safety Quintin Demps and DE Fili Moala

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The Texans have signed safety Quintin Demps and defensive end Fili Moala, two moves intended to reinforce their defensive depth, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Moala got the veteran minimum on a one-year contract.

Safety Lonny Ballentine has been injured off and on throughout training camp and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan has been dealing with an injury, too, since the preseason opener against the 49ers.

Demps, 30, played for the Texans from 2010 to 2012 and has 183 career tackles, 11 interceptions and two forced fumbles. Demps is a former Texas-El Paso player who was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round in 2008. The San Antonio native also returned kickoffs for the Eagles and had a 100-yard return for a touchdown as a rookie.

Demps was with the Giants last season and intercepted four passes with 57 tackles and one forced fumble.

Moala has 88 tackles and 3 1/2 career sacks. The 30-year-old former Colts second-round draft pick has good size at 6-4 and 308 pounds.

Texans to Work Out Former Saints RB Pierre Thomas

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With a groin injury to starting running back Arian Foster that could be having him headed for surgery, the Texans are going to work out former New Orleans Saints back Pierre Thomas, this according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle and the National Football Post.

It sounds like either the Texans already know the injury to Foster is going to have him sitting for some time, or they want to add another body to help a RB core that is going to be tested without Foster.

Father of Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney Charged With Attempted Murder

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A crazy story has hit today about the father of last seasons first overall pick, Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney. The story contends that the father has been charged with attempted murder.

The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a bar in Rock Hill.

Rock Hill Police Department Capt. Mark Bollinger says David Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Bollinger said Tuesday that Morgan is in custody and awaiting a bond hearing.

The police report said Morgan, nicknamed “Chilli Bean,” was removed from the bar for sitting on the stage. Police add he was seen later at the back of the property before firing several rounds at victim Braxton Homesley. Police say Homesley returned fire.

Officers picked up Morgan at Piedmont Medical Center. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

RB Foster Leaves First Fully Padded Practice with Groin Injury

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Injuries are popping up already for the Texans this camp, and they may have suffered a monster injury as running back Arian Foster left practice last night after he injured his groin in the team’s first fully padded practice.

“We’ve got to monitor Arian, like I told you guys that in the offseason and I think that’s what that’s all about today,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.

Foster has missed 11 games over the last two seasons with injuries, and if it’s a situation where the injury simply requires rest to heal, expect to not see much of him for quite some time at camp while he recovers.

John McClain confirms that the injury could recover surgery:

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney Starts Camp on the PUP List

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The Texans will start camp without their number one pick from a year ago, as OLB Jadeveon Clowney has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.

The move is one that will enable the team to keep Clowney on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the regular season if his knee doesn’t cooperate.

Clowney can be activated at any point during training camp, and since even team physician Dr. Walt Lowe said that the OLB has looked great coming off his knee injury, he should be back soon and ready to go for the opener vs the Chiefs.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Texans History? SI Picks the 2012 Playoff Loss

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Texans included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that stopped the Texans from playing in the AFC Title Game in the 2012 season.

Houston Texans: Jan. 15, 2012, AFC divisional round—Ravens 20, Texans 13

The Texans’ first-ever playoff season included this game, which they could have won under different circumstances. The problem was that their two top quarterbacks, Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, were out with injuries, so head coach Gary Kubiak had to put things in the hands of third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. Still, with the Ravens falling all over themselves, the Texans would have had an opportunity to win but for Yates’s three interceptions—the final one thrown to Ed Reed at the Baltimore four-yard line with less than three minutes left in the game.

“To come out and play the way this team has played, I think it’s just remarkable,” team owner Bob McNair said after the game. “Where would New England have been if [Tom] Brady wasn’t playing, and if Wes Welker wasn’t playing, and if their best defensive player wasn’t playing? Go down the list of any of these teams and ask where they would be—and they wouldn’t be in the playoffs. And this team was in the playoffs.”

Yes, they were. And with a better quarterback, who knows what might have happened?

Texans Team Physician Says Clowney Looks ‘Spectacular’ After Surgery

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Texans team physician Dr. Walt Lowe said outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney “looks spectacular” seven months removed from microfracture surgery, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.

Lowe offered that analysis in an interview with Forbes.com.

Clowney was limited to four games his rookie year after being selected first overall in the draft. He suffered a lateral right meniscus tear in the Texans’ 2014 season opener.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery the next day and attempted to return to the field in the following month.

Continued swelling in his knee and pain eventually made clear the arthroscopic surgery was not sufficient. Due to articular cartilage damage, Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on Dec. 8.

The second surgery ended his season.

The surgery involves creating tiny fractures in the bones surrounding the knee to increase blood flow to the area and aid the recovery of the cartilage. It also requires a demanding and disciplined rehab schedule.

As part of that rehab, the Texans have used blood flow restriction therapy, which is designed to minimize muscle deficits early in rehab.

According to ESPN’s Stephania Bell, the Texans were the first team in the league to implement such training, which is also called “tourniquet” training.

“The real goal in the end is to have him be who he was before he got hurt,” Lowe said.