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Texans Waive Veteran Wide Out Kenny Stills

The Texans and veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills have mutually parted ways, with the team waving the receiver one day after he was inactive for the team’s Thanksgiving win in Detroit.

Stills had been getting less and less playing time in 2020, as had just 11 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Two weeks ago he played sparingly against the Browns, making just one catch for six yards in the Houston 10-7 loss at First Energy Stadium.

Last season Stills had 40 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

He came to the Texans from the Miami Dolphins in a trade back on Sept. 1 2019 along with a fourth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick along with tackle Laremy Tunsil. In return the Texans sent to Miami a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 1st round pick, and a 2021 2nd round pick.

The 28-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Dolphins in March 2015.

If he is claimed on waivers teams will have to pay a prorated portion of his salary worth $6.975 million.

McNair Says Texans Will Speak to Offensive and Defensive Coaches to Be Team’s Next HC

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Texans owner Cal McNair said he will interview both offensive and defensive coaches for the vacant head coaching position, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although it’s not stated in the article, McNair’s comments seem to put to bed a report from the weekend that said the Texans were considering keeping interim head coach Romeo Crennel around as the full-time head coach next season.

McNair leads a coaching search committee that includes team president Jamey Rootes, the Korn Ferry search firm and “an ad-hoc committee of NFL experts.”

The committee also will be looking for a new general manager and McNair said the same thing Rootes said on a Zoom call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday: Executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby, who has served as the interim general manager since Bill O’Brien was fired in October, will not be the team’s full-time general manager.

McNair told McClain that Easterby’s future role within the organization will be decided by the new general manager. However, McNair told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday that although Easterby won’t be the general manager, he’s “going to be an incredibly valuable part of our franchise moving forward as he works with our next general manager and head coach.”

McNair said he plans to hire a general manager first, and then that person will help with the hiring of the new coach. The Texans will have to wait for a team’s season to end before they can interview coaching candidates on that team’s staff.

“We’ll use our experts, and we’ll take input where it comes, but at the end of the day, it’ll be my decision,” McNair told McClain. “We’ve started the process, and it’s a rigorous process.

“We’ve started internal discussions. Until we’re allowed to talk to people about the positions, we have to be really careful about what we say and do because of all the rules that are in place.”

Video: 2-7 Texans Look to Land an Upset Against the 4-5 Patriots Sunday

The 2-7 Texans tough 2020 season will continue this week as the team will play host to Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

The Pats are coming off a huge win over the Ravens Sunday night, and will enter the game 4-5, one game under .500.

Here’s a preview from NFL.com.

Week 10 Inactives for the Texans and Browns

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns and Texans matchup in Cleveland:

Texans

WR Isaiah Coulter
WR Keke Coutee
OT Charlie Heck
OG Senio Kelemete
QB Josh McCown
DE Charles Omenihu

Browns

RB Dontrell Hilliard
DE Joe Jackson
CB Robert Jackson
S Jovante Moffatt
LB Jacob Phillips
WR Taywan Taylor

Texans Place Running Back David Johnson on Injured Reserve

The short-handed Texans will be hurting at the running back spot against Cleveland Sunday, as the club Saturday put running back David Johnson on injured reserve.

Johnson left the team’s Week 9 game in Jacksonville with a concussion after taking a hit from linebacker Myles Jack in the second quarter.

With David Johnson out the team will turn to Duke Johnson, who had a career-high 20 touches in the win over the Jaguars.

In the game he had 41 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown, and also caught four passes for 32 yards.

Without David Johnson the Texans promoted running back C.J. Prosise to the active roster.

The team also has running back Buddy Howell on the roster, but he’s not taken an offensive snap this season.

Saturday the team also placed linebacker Dylan Cole on injured reserve.

Texans Interim Coach Romeo Crennel Defends His Two-Point Decision in Final Minutes

Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel eschewed a field goal that would have put his team up four points in favor of a fourth-down play that resulted in a Brandin Cooks touchdown catch pushing Houston up seven points over the Titans with 1:50 to play.

Crennel’s next decision didn’t work out as well, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The interim coach called for a 2-point attempt in an effort to stretch the lead to nine instead of kicking the extra point and making it an eight-point game. On the 2-point try, Deshaun Watson bought time and had a wide-open Randall Cobb for a conversion that would have all but clinched the win. Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, however, got a paw on the ball to deflect the pigskin to the ground.

From there, the Titans marched down the field, kicked an extra point to tie, sent the game to overtime and won on a Derrick Henry TD on the first possession of OT.

“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points,” Crennel said defending his decision, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It felt like that would kind of put it out of reach for them, and if we would have gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. As it turned out, we didn’t get it, and then with the touchdown and the extra point they tied it up, and we were in overtime.”

The Texans are 0-4, But O’Brien Doesn’t Seem Worried About the Future

The Texans have played the toughest slate in the NFL to date, but for Bill O’Brien and the team they are not worried about sweeping changes despite sitting at 0-4.

O’Brien said Monday via ESPN that he and the staff need to “do a better job coaching,” he can’t concern himself about his job status because he doesn’t “have any control” over that.

“All I can control is what I can control, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team,” O’Brien said Monday.

“That’s obvious. And we’re going to work hard to do that.”

There’s been quite a few mistakes by the Texans in four games, including being the only team in the National Football League not to force a turnover, and have a minus-five turnover differential.

“At the end of the day, it is what it is,” Texans star quarterback DeShaun Watson said.

“We’re 0-4. We’ve just got to keep fighting, keep pushing forward, and that’s it. But for me personally, I’m not going to let it take my joy. I’m going to continue to live life, continue to work my ass off, continue to come in here every day and play football. It is what it is.

“But at the end of the day my joy, my spirit, my smile, my energy, the love of the game is still going to continue to be there. That’s how I see it.”

Maybe this week will be the week that the Texans finally get a break. The club will be in action on Sunday, October 11th in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, who are 1-3.

“Where we are is not good, obviously, but I do think we have good leadership on this team and we have guys that work hard and they believe in each other,” O’Brien said.

“I think they feel like we’re close and we just need to get a win. But no, I’m not worried about the morale. I think we have good guys that understand what we have to do to try to dig ourselves out of it.”

Texans Nix Scheduled Workout with Safety Earl Thomas

The Texans have canceled a planned workout for veteran free agent safety Earl Thomas, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thomas arrived Monday for a physical at a local hospital and to start COVID-19 testing.

The cancellation comes as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to team presidents and executives advising them on COVID-19 procedures in the wake of three

“In addition, clubs should revisit the steps they have taken to minimize the number of close contacts, particularly while traveling and within position groups, and should review their procedures for bringing in new players for tryouts and possible signing,” Goodell wrote in a memo obtained by the Houston Chronicle.