Texans Place OT Derek Newton on IR; Re-Sign OT Jeff Adams

Derek Newton

The Texans placed offensive tackle Derek Newton on injured reserve today and re-signed offensive tackle Jeff Adams, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In Monday night’s loss at Denver, Newton suffered season-ending injuries to his patellar tendons in both knees and is lost for the season. He’s expected to undergo surgery this week.

Adams, who came to the Texans in 2014 from the Tennessee Titans, was starting at guard early last season when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee and was lost for the season.

Bill O’Brien Says Brock Osweiler Will Remain at QB for the Texans

Brock Osweiler

On a night in which once again quarterback Brock Osweiler was pretty awful, there’s still no indication of coach Bill O’Brien pulling the plug and going with Tom Savage or Brandon Weeden to try and get the offense going.

Osweiler completed 22 of 41 passes for just 131 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions as the Texans suffered a 27-9 loss to the Broncos Monday night.

“He’s a good player,” O’Brien said Tuesday when asked about the QB.

“I think it’s very difficult to come into a new system and a new team and just pick it up right away. I think everybody has to do a better job. Coaches, we all have to do better. I think he can play better. I know that the receivers can run routes better.”

The 4-3 Texans are at home Sunday to host the Lions. Only time will tell if O’Brien decided to make a switch and give someone else a try at the QB spot.

Texans Safety K.J. Dillon Done For the Season with Torn ACL

K.J. Dillon

Following an exciting 26-23 overtime win last night, the Texans learned today they have lost rookie strong safety K.J. Dillon for the season.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the safety tore his ACL and will need surgery.

Dillon immediately grabbed his knee and was helped off the field by trainers. After the game, the fifth-round draft pick from West Virginia was on crutches and went to get a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his knee.

Dillon was backing up strong safety Corey Moore and playing on special teams. He finished the game with one tackle on special teams.

Dillon gamely attempted to play through the serious injury.

Colts at Texans NFL Week Six Capsule




STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 6-2 Bill O’Brien: 1-3
LAST WEEK W 29-23 vs. Chicago L 31-13 at Minnesota
LAST GAME 12/20/15: Colts 10 at Texans 16. Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins has 8 receptions for 94 yards. Texans RB Alfred Blue has 107 rushing yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/15: Colts 27, Texans 20. Indianapolis QB Matt Hasselbeck passes for 213 yards & 2 TDs for 107.4 rating. Colts RB Frank Gore rushes for 98 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Ind), 81 (Hou). XM: 226 (Ind), 225 (Hou).


PASSING Andrew Luck: 131-205-1469-10-3-95.4 Brock Osweiler: 109-188-1133-6-7-70.6
RUSHING Frank Gore: 78-328-4.2-2 Lamar Miller: 101-371-3.7-0
RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 35 (3L)-507-14.5-3 DeAndre Hopkins: 22-283-12.9-3
OFFENSE 358.6 310.4
DEFENSE 410.6 300.4
SACKS Erik Walden: 4 Whitney Mercilus: 3.5
INTs Darius Butler: 1 Andre Hal, Quintin Demps: 1
PUNTING Pat McAfee: 51.8 (1L) Shane Lechler: 49.7
KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 51 (T1L) (12/12 PAT; 13/13 FG) Nick Novak: 40 (7/7 PAT; 11/14 FG)


COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK aims for 6th consecutive win vs. Hou. In last game at Hou., passed for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Has won 14 of past 15 starts vs. division…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 98 yards & TD in last game at Hou. Has 12,368 career rush yards & passed HOFer JIM BROWN (12,312) to move into 9th all-time…WR T.Y. HILTON has 21 catches for 432 yards (144 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 at Hou. In 10/9/14 meeting, had career-high 223 rec. yards. In 11/3/13 game at Hou., had career-best 3 rec. TDs. Had 10 catches for 171 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD…LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Aims for 4th in row at Hou. with sack. LB ROBERT MATHIS has 8 sacks, 4 FFs & FR in past 11 meetings. Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 2 vs. Hou…TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 3-0 as starter at home with Hou…RB LAMAR MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Has 453 scrimmage yards (90.6 per game) in 5 games with Hou…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 19 catches for 263 yards (131.5 per game) in past 2 meetings. WR-PR WILL FULLER leads NFL rookies with 327 rec. yards. WR JAELEN STRONG has 3 TDs in 2 career meetings…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 10 sacks in past 7 (incl. playoffs). Had sack in last meeting. LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY leads team with 48 tackles. Had sack in last meeting. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had career-high 4 TFL last week. Leads team with 8 TFL. LB JOHN SIMON had sack in last meeting. CBs A.J. BOUYE (6) & JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (5) lead club in PD.

Texans Blasted by Vikings in Minnesota 31-13 to Fall to 3-2

Houston Texans v Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota’s opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday.

Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Sam Bradford, who produced another turnover-free game and deftly guided the Vikings (5-0) into their bye week.

Osweiler was overmatched by Minnesota’s relentless rush and coverage, finishing 19 for 42 for 184 yards, one interception and a late touchdown pass while taking four sacks.

The Texans (3-2) were denied on 12 of 13 third downs, unable or unwilling to do much other than dump off short passes. Lamar Miller only had eight carries for 20 yards during a dud of a performance by the Texans that felt a lot like the 27-0 loss at New England two weeks ago.

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Texans at Vikings NFL Week Five Inactives

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, CB Kareem Jackson, RB Jonathan Grimes, G Oday Aboushi, TE Stephen Anderson, DE Brandon Dunn

Vikings: WR Stefon Diggs, TE Rhett Ellison, OT Andre Smith, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE David Morgan, RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers

Texans at Vikings NFL Week 5 Capsule



STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. Tennessee W 24-10 vs. New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/23/12: Vikings 23 at Texans 6. Minnesota QB Christian Ponder passes for 174 yards & TD. Vikings’ defense holds Houston to 187 total net yards & records 4 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Vikings 28, Texans 21. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 139 yards & TD. Vikings QB Gus Frerotte passes for 182 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou), 108 (Min). XM: 383 (Hou), 228 (Min).


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 90-146-949-5-6-74.8 Sam Bradford: 66-95-719-4-0-105.5 (3L)
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 93-351-3.8-0 Jerick McKinnon: 37-138-3.7-1
RECEIVING Will Fuller (R): 19-323-17.0-2 Stefon Diggs: 25-372-14.9-1
OFFENSE 334.5 290.5
TAKE/GIVE -3 +10 (1L)
DEFENSE 287.8 306.0
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 Everson Griffen: 4 (T3L)
INTs Andre Hal, Quintin Demps: 1 Trae Waynes: 2
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.3 Jeff Locke: 43.0
KICKING Nick Novak: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/11 FG) Blair Walsh: 30 (6/8 PAT; 8/11 FG)


TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 as starter in career vs. NFC with 105.6 rating…RB LAMAR MILLER had 150 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 58 rec.) & rush TD in only game vs. Min. (12/21/15 with Mia.). Has 429 scrimmage yards (107.3 per game) in 4 games with Hou…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 27 catches for 348 yards (87 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR-PR WILL FULLER had TD catch & 67-yard PR-TD last week, 1 of 4 rookies in past 15 years with rec. TD & PR-TD in same game. Leads NFL rookies with 323 rec. yards…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 6 (incl. playoffs). LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY leads team with 38 tackles. Has sack in 2 of past 3. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack last week. Has 5 sacks in past 8. LB JOHN SIMON has 3 sacks in past 5. CBs A.J. BOUYE (6) & JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (5) lead club in PD. S QUINTIN DEMPS had INT last week…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD had 3 TD passes in only career meeting (10/13/13 with Rams). Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. RB JERICK MC KINNON rushed for 85 yards & TD in Week 4…WR STEFON DIGGS has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had TD catch in last meeting…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in past 3. DT LINVAL JOSEPH has sack in 3 of past 4. LB CHAD GREENWAY had 9 tackles, sack & FF in 11/2/08 meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. AFC. Has 6+ tackles in 7 of past 8 at home. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. CB TERENCE NEWMAN aims for 4th in row vs. Hou with PD. CB TRAE WAYNES has INT in 2 of past 3. S HARRISON SMITH had 7 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. Led team with 9 tackles in Week 4. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT last week.

In Terms of Success – Texans Rank Dead Last in the NFL in New Article

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

Mike Freeman, Lead NFL National Reporter for Bleacher Report, has written a long piece which talks about each and every NFL franchise, and their success.

There’s a number of factors involved, including Super Bowl, Conference and division titles. The Texans didn’t get much love on the list, as according to Freeman, they are last in the NFL coming in at 32.

Here’s what Freeman has to say about the Texans:

“Success isn’t owned. It’s leased. And rent is due every day.” —J.J. Watt

The Texans have the potential to be a winning franchise. They have one of the best players on the planet in J.J. Watt (who hopefully can return to top form next season), a star at wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and a settled quarterback situation. Historically, however, despite some limited postseason success, the Texans have been one of the league’s greater disappointments. The team moved to Houston in 2002 but didn’t have its first winning season until 2009. Its first playoff appearance was 2011.

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