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Colts at Texans NFL Week 14 Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Colts and Texans AFC South showdown:

Colts

TE Mo Alie-Cox
OT Le’Raven Clark
WR Dontrelle Inman
C Ryan Kelly
S Mike Mitchell
DT Hassan Ridgeway
RB Jonathan Williams

Texans

CB Deante Burton
WR Keke Coutee
RB D’Onta Foreman
OG Zach Fulton
DE Joel Heath
WR Vyncint Smith
DT Carlos Watkins

Texans Still Not Sure on If They Will Activate RB D’Onta Foreman

The Texans have yet to make a decision on the future of running back D’Onta Foreman, and have yet to decide if they will activate him from the reserve-physically unable to perform list.

The Texans have until Thursday afternoon to either activate the former University of Texas consensus All-American or have him miss the remainder of the season. Foreman has been practicing, but his 21-day window to be activated is about to expire.

“We’re talking about that,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “It’s definitely in the conversation.”

Foreman tore his Achilles tendon as a rookie a year ago against the Arizona Cardinals.

Foreman says he feels prepared to play again, but the Texans have to gauge his readiness and how they would adjust the roster to include him.

“I feel good, I feel great,” Foreman said last week. “I’m ready to go. I’ve been practicing. I feel very explosive. I’m cutting really good. I feel ready to go.”

Texans Wide Out DeAndre Hopkins Salutes QB Colin Kaepernick Prior to Game Against Browns

Texans All-Pro wide out DeAndre Hopkins is making a statement, as today when he showed up to NRG Stadium for the Texans game with the Cleveland Browns, he was wearing a jersey honoring free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Hopkins wore a black and white jersey with the words, “#IMWITHKAP,” and posted the picture on Twitter. The love that Hopkins showed got returned in a tweet back from Kaepernick.

Texans Win 8th Straight; Race Past Titans 34-17 to Move to 8-3

The spotlight of National TV was on the Texans Monday night, and a trio of Houston offensive stars delivered, as the Texans overcame an early 10-0 deficit to pound the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans 34-17.

It took about eight minutes and being down 10-0 to get going, but the Texans got going, and when they did they raced through the Titans defense for 34 points.

Deshaun Watson finished 19-of-24 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding 70 yards and a score on the ground.

Lamar Miller
ran for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Demaryius Thomas caught his first two touchdowns in a Texans uniform.

The Texans put the game away in the second quarter on a matter of two plays. First they got a defensive stand on the Titans on the Texans three-yard line, and on the next play Miller sprinted 97 yards to pay dirt, turning a 14-10 game into a 21-10 game.

With the air out of the Titans balloons, the Texans continued to pour it on, as Ka’imi Fairbairn hit two field goals to push the lead to 27-10, and after Corey Davis caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to make it 27-17, the Texans put the nail in the coffin with another scoring drive.

This time they went 60 yards in seven plays, with Thomas catching his second score of the night, this time from 10 yards out to end the scoring.

The win puts the team at 8-3, and they sit as the three-seed right now in the AFC. They play host to the Browns at home Sunday.

Texans Founder Bob McNair Passes Away at Age 81

The Texans announced Friday evening that owner Bob McNair has passed away at age 81.

“Mr. McNair was an amazing man who made tremendous contributions to the NFL and the City of Houston,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He was a very caring, thoughtful and passionate individual. As much as he cared about winning, I think the thing I will remember most about Mr. McNair is the way he cared about the players. I know how much giving back meant to him, and his loyalty and generosity to the city of Houston and our community will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Janice and the McNair Family.”

For more than 25 years, McNair chaired The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, the Houston Texans Foundation and The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation.

According to the Texans, throughout his life, McNair and his foundations donated more than $500 million. McNair also had been serving as the chairman of the NFL’s Finance Committee.

Steelers Star RB Le’Veon Bell to the Texans? One Exec Says Houston is a Dark Horse for His Services

Pittsburgh Steelers star Running Back Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to play this season after deciding to sit out when he and the team that drafted him could not make a deal.

With a year of rest underneath his belt, Bell won’t be in black and gold next season, but how about playing in Houston?

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says that the dynamic back will probably be in New York next season, giving the Jets running back position the biggest upgrade it could possibly get (unless maybe they dealt for Rams running back Todd Gurley).

But, he also talks about some other teams in the mix for Bell’s services, and one of them could be the Texans, where he would give a HUGE upgrade to the offense.

Here’s the portion of the story about the Texans and Bell:

One of the executives added that a dark horse to watch is Houston. Bell, this person said, would transform the inconsistent Texans offense into the best in football.

So while it sounds like a long shot, how great would the Pack offense be with Bell running the football wearing Red and White next season?

Texans Officially Acquire Wide Out Demaryius Thomas From the Broncos

The Broncos have traded wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. This according to sources informed of the deal.

The teams are also swapping seventh-rounders, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Thomas is the first big-name player to move on the final day trades can be executed. Thomas will immediately face his former team when the Texans host the Broncos on Sunday.

The Broncos moving the 30-year-old receiver was heavily speculated in recent weeks. Thomas’ production has waned this season as his rapport with Case Keenum hasn’t materialized. With $14 million in base salary for 2019, it was likely the end of the line for Thomas in Denver. Sitting at 3-5, staring at another lost season, getting a draft pick in compensation made sense.

Report: Texans Close to Making a Deal for Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas

The Texans are looking for help at the wide out spot, and one player it appears they have their eyes on is none other than Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Broncos and Texans are close to a deal in which Thomas would head to Houston for a mid-round pick.

The former first-round pick has 402 yards receiving this season to go along with three touchdowns. No doubt he and DeAndre Hopkins would make a great 1-2 punch at the wide out spot.