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  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 12:00 PM CDT Texans at Titans The Texans travel to face the Titans.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis and nose tackle Jerrell Powe at the Verizon Stadium Store, 8505 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.

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  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

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    Wine and dine with the Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and Ambassadors at the sixth annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP, Monday, November 3rd in NRG Stadium. 

    Fans can sample signature dishes from more than 25 of Houston’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds benefit The Houston Texans Foundation, Houston Methodist and the Houston Food Bank. 

    Be sure to secure your tickets today at HoustonTexans.com.

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

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    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans center Chris Myers and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo at the Verizon I-10 East Store, 13740 East Fwy., Houston, TX 77015.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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Brian Cushing to appear on Texans All Access

Posted by drewdougherty on February 11, 2013 – 1:13 pm

95cushingjetsTexans play-by-play voice Marc Vandermeer hosts the two-hour weekly radio show “Texans All Access,” which provides an exclusive look into the offseason activity of the Texans. The show airs Tuesdays during the offseason from 12-2 p.m. CST.

“The NFL season never truly ends.  From the scouting combine to free agency to the draft and OTAs, there is always something happening,” Vandermeer said.  “This show will be delivered with game day intensity and production value. Listeners will get all the latest Texans information in an audio atmosphere that extends the feel and flavor of the regular season all year long.”

This week’s guests are ILB Brian Cushing, who will be on air at 12:15 p.m., and defensive backs coach Vance Joseph at 1 p.m.

You can listen to the show live SportsRadio 610, HoustonTexans.com and also on the Houston Texans Mobile app, which you can download for FREE by texting TEXANS to 51288.

Last week’s podcast 2/5


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National Signing Day and the Texans

Posted by drewdougherty on February 6, 2013 – 4:43 pm

ReedThe frenzied morning of National Signing Day is now behind us. A few thousand high school football players signed National Letters of Intent, faxed them in, and joined programs across the nation today.

What’s this have to do with the Texans? Not much in the short term.

But looking back a few years (a few more in some cases) is kind of fun, because everybody on the roster played college ball somewhere, and went through the drill so many prep stars went through about 8 hours or so ago.

For example: wide receiver DeVier Posey was once a 5-star (according to the Rivals.com ranking system) recruit out of Cincinnati’s LaSalle H.S. when he signed on to be a Buckeye at Ohio State. On the other end of the spectrum, 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was quick to point out this afternoon on twitter that the rankings don’t always matter.

This slideshow covers a wide swath of the team, including some reserves. But going across the starting depth-chart, and keeping in mind that the Rivals’ ranking database only goes back to 2002, here’s how the Texans’ starters stacked up on the first Wednesday in February.

OFFENSE

RB Arian Foster: 3-star recruit from Mission Bay H.S. in San Diego, CA. Signed with Tennessee.

LT Duane Brown: 3-star recruit from Hermitage H.S. in Richmond, VA. Signed with Virginia Tech.

RG Brandon Brooks: 3-star recruit from Riverside University H.S. in Milwaukee, WI. Signed with Miami (OH).

RG Ben Jones: 3-star recruit from Bibb County HS in Centreville, AL. Signed with Georgia.

RT Derek Newton: 2-star recruit from Hinds Community College in Utica, MS. Signed with Arkansas State.

DEFENSE

DE Antonio Smith: 3-star recruit from Northeast Oklahoma A&M J.C. Signed with Oklahoma State.

DE J.J. Watt: 2-star recruit from Pewaukee H.S. in Pewaukee, WI. Signed with Central Michigan (later transferred to Wisconsin).

OLB Connor Barwin: 2-star recruit from University of Detroit Jesuit H.S. Signed with Cincinnati.

OLB Brooks Reed: 3-star recruit from Sabino H.S. in Tuscon, AZ. Signed with Arizona.

ILB Brian Cushing: 4-star recruit from Bergen Catholic H.S. in Oradell, NJ. Signed with Southern California.

CB Kareem Jackson: 4-star recruit from Fork Union Military Academy, VA. Signed with Alabama.

CB Johnathan Joseph: 3-star recruit from Coffyville Community College, KS. Signed with South Carolina.

S Glover Quin: 2-star recruit from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Signed with New Mexico.


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Postgame notes: Texans 38, Titans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 4:27 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium, which they won 38-14:

THE WIN
·         Gave Houston the first 4-0 start to a season in franchise history and the first 4-0 start by a Houston professional football team since the USFL Houston Gamblers started 5-0 in 1985.

·         Evened the Texans’ all-time record at Reliant Stadium at 41-41 and improved the Texans to 2-0 at home this season.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Tennessee to 7-14 overall and 4-7 at home.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE
·         Scored on their opening drive for the second time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.

·         Scored more than 30 points for the third time this season and the 24th time under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Prior to Kubiak’s arrival, the Texans scored more than 30 points twice in 64 games.

·         Recorded the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history and the largest since a 28-point win at Tampa Bay on 11/13/11.

·         Scored 17 points off of three Tennessee turnovers in the game. For the season, Houston has scored 41 points off of nine takeaways.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the fourth time this season, holding the ball for 32:26. The Texans improved to 4-0 this season and 42-18 under Kubiak when controlling time of possession.

·         Ran the ball 31 times for 95 yards and improved to 36-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Scored first for the second time this season. Houston also opened the scoring in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Led after the first quarter for the third time this season, at halftime for the fourth time this season and after three quarters for the fourth time this season.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE
·         Scored their first defensive touchdown of the season and the first since 10/23/11 at Tennessee, when CB Brice McCain returned an interception 38 yards for a score. It was the 10th interception return for a score in Texans history.

·         Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The last time was on 12/8/02 at Pittsburgh when CB Aaron Glenn returned a pair of interceptions for scores.

·         Forced three turnovers while the Texans offense committed none, giving Houston a plus-3 turnover margin. It was the third game this season in which the Texans had a positive turnover margin; and the team improved to 3-0 this season and 30-7 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Limited Tennessee to 4-of-12 (33 percent) on third-down attempts. For the season, Houston is holding its opponents to 12-of-48 (25 percent) on third down.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
·         Coached in his 100th game with the Texans and improved his overall record as Texans head coach to 51-49.

·         Improved his record at Reliant Stadium to 31-19.

·         Improved his record against AFC South opponents to 16-22 overall and 11-8 at home.

·         Challenged a spot in the first quarter, arguing that WR Keshawn Martin made a first down on a play ruled short of the marker. The challenge was successful, giving the Texans a first down and improving Kubiak’s record to 1-1 this season and 13-28 in his career.

CB ALAN BALL
·         Forced a fumble on a Tennessee punt return in the second quarter. It was the second forced fumble of his career and his first since 9/12/10 at Washington as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

FB JAMES CASEY
·         Finished with season highs in receptions, with five, and receiving yards, with 36.

·         Caught his second career touchdown pass and his first of the season when he pulled in an 11-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap Houston’s opening drive of the game. Casey’s previous touchdown catch came in Week 3 of 2011 on a 26-yard catch at New Orleans (9/25/11).

·         Topped 500 career receiving yards on his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 5 yards in the second quarter. Casey entered the game with 468 career receiving yards.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
·         Led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. It was the second time this season that Cushing led the team in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Caught his second touchdown pass of the season and his second in as many games when he took a short pass and ran 28 yards for a score in the third quarter. It marked the eighth time in his career that Daniels has caught touchdowns in back-to-back games.

·         Led the team with six receptions for 72 yards, both game highs, and a touchdown. His six receptions tied his 2012 season high, which he also accomplished in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16), and was the second time this year he led the team in receptions.

·         Caught a 7-yard pass in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 72.

·         Started the 81st game of his career, moving him past Mario Williams into fourth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 33rd of his career when he found the end zone from 4 yards away in the first quarter. The touchdown gives Foster at least one score, rushing or receiving, in six consecutive regular-season games, tying his career-long streak, which is the second-longest in team history. Foster has scored in eight straight games overall, including the playoffs.

·         Recorded the 750th rushing attempt of his career, which is the qualifying mark for NFL career statistics, on his 12th carry of the game, a gain of 3 yards in the second quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
·         Became the 45th kicker in NFL history to score 1,000 points when he connected on a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Graham entered the game with 993 career points.

CB KAREEM JACKSON
·         Scored his first career touchdown when he intercepted Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 63 yards to the end zone. It was Jackson’s fifth career interception and his second of the season.

·         His 63-yard interception return was the sixth-longest in team history and was the longest return for touchdown since 12/13/09 when SS Bernard Pollard returned a pick 70 yards for a score against Seattle.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 86 with a 33-yard catch and run on Houston’s opening drive.

P DONNIE JONES
·         Punted six times and had four of his punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line, which tied for the second-most in a game in his career. The last time he had four punts downed inside the opponent’s 20 was on 11/6/11 at Arizona as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

SS DANIEAL MANNING
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 10th of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Manning returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown, giving him his first career interception return for touchdown.

C CHRIS MYERS
·         Started his 68th consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past Steve McKinney for fourth on the franchise’s consecutive starts list. Myers has started 84 consecutive games overall.

WR DEVIER POSEY
·         Made his professional debut when he came into the game on Houston’s opening drive.

FS GLOVER QUIN
·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. Quin forced a fumble on the play, his second of the season and of his career.

QB MATT SCHAUB
·         Won his eighth consecutive start, dating back to last year.

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 36-32 overall and 22-11 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Finished with a passer rating of 115.5 after completing 20-of-28 attempts for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Schaub’s third game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Has completed passes to at least seven different receivers in all four games this season.

·         Threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his 98th as a Texan when he hit FB James Casey for an 11-yard score to cap the Texans’ opening drive.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 28-yard score in the third quarter. It was Schaub’s second consecutive multi-touchdown performance this season and the 34th of his career.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 1-yard loss and forced a fumble on the play. The sack gave Smith 2.0 for the season and 31.5 for his career. The forced fumble was his first of the season and the eighth of his career.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Became the first Texans player to record multiple sacks in four consecutive games.

·         Has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive regular-season games and six straight games, including the 2012 playoffs.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 7 yards. It was his second fumble recovery of the season and the fourth of his career.

·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a loss of 11 yards in the second quarter. It gave Watt a career-high 6.5 sacks on the season, surpassing his total of 5.5 from 2011.

·         Registered his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter. Watt has recorded multiple sacks in all four games this season and, counting the 2012 playoffs, has done so in five straight games.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
·         Total paid attendance was 71,581, which was the third-largest regular-season crowd in team history. Houston has sold out all 105 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in team history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included ILB Mister Alexander, QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR Lestar Jean.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Texans-Broncos Week 3 Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 20, 2012 – 6:41 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Denver Broncos, who play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT in Week 3 (bold indicates player status change from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
ILB Tim Dobbins (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring), ILB Bran Cushing (Ribs), OLB Brooks Reed (Hip), DE Antonio Smith (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
OLB Connor Barwin (Elbow), G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle), CB Brice McCain (Knee), C Chris Myers (Neck), OLB Jesse Nading (Knee)

DENVER BRONCOS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
G Chris Kuper (Forearm)

Limited Participation in Practice
S Quinton Carter (Knee), CB Chris Harris (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
TE Joel Dreessen (Ribs), LB Von Miller (Hip), CB Tracy Porter (Neck), WR Brandon Stokley (Shoulder)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 2

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 18, 2012 – 4:56 pm

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through two games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
8th in completion percentage (69.7)

RB Arian Foster
7th in rushing yards (189)
T-1st in rushing touchdowns (3)
T-6th in rushing first downs (9)
T-9th in yards from scrimmage (222)
T-1st in scrimmage touchdowns (3)

RB Ben Tate
T-3rd in rushing touchdowns (2)
T-5th in scrimmage touchdowns (2)

DE J.J. Watt
T-2nd in sacks (3.0)
T-3rd in passes defensed (5)
T-1st in fumble recoveries (1)

ILB Brian Cushing, CB Kareem Jackson, CB Johnathan Joseph
T-10th in interceptions (1)

SS Danieal Manning
T-1st in fumble recoveries (1)

K Shayne Graham
T-8th in field goals made (5)
T-8th in points, kickers (21)

WR Trindon Holliday
8th in punt return average (13.0)

ILB Tim Dobbins, CB Brice McCain
T-7th in special teams tackles (3)


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Texans-Jaguars Week 2 Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 13, 2012 – 4:07 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, who play at EverBank Field on Sunday at noon CT in Week 2 (bold indicates player status change from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Antonio Smith (ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring), ILB Bran Cushing (Ribs), ILB Tim Dobbins (Neck/Nose), OLB Brooks Reed (Hip)

Full Participation in Practice
G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle), NT Shaun Cody (Back), RB Arian Foster (Illness), CB Johnathan Joseph (Illness), G Wade Smith (Wrist), DE J.J. Watt (Elbow)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
T Cam Bradfield (Ankle), G Eben Britton (Ankle), RB Rashad Jennings (Knee), DE Austen Lane (Foot), DE George Selvie (Knee), LB Daryl Smith (Groin)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Derek Cox (Hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Mike Harris (Hamstring), G Uche Nwaneri (Ankle)


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Game notes: Texans 30, Dolphins 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 9, 2012 – 7:14 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here are game notes from Houston’s 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 at Reliant Stadium:

THE WIN…
·         Was the Texans’ third consecutive victory on Kickoff Weekend. Houston improved to 6-5 on opening day and 5-3 at home on Kickoff Weekend.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Miami to 7-0 overall and 4-0 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved Houston’s record against AFC East opponents to 10-10 all-time.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
·         Improved his career regular-season record to 48-49 overall.

·         Won his 30th game at Reliant Stadium, improving to 30-19 at home.

·         Unsuccessfully challenged a call on Houston’s first possession, arguing that WR Lestar Jean was in bounds on a catch in the end zone. Jean was ruled out of bounds by the officials on the field. His career record fell to 5-17 on challenges.

·         The Texans have scored 30 or more points 25 times in franchise history, 22 of which have come under Kubiak (2006-12).

THE TEXANS…
·         Did not allow Miami to score an offensive touchdown in the game.

·         Held an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the 25th time in team history and the sixth time in two seasons under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

·         Intercepted three passes in the first half, tying a franchise record for the most interceptions in one half. The last time Houston had three interceptions in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay last season (11/13/11).

·         Forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions to end the first half.  It was the second time in team history that the Texans forced turnovers on four straight possessions. The previous time was 10/3/04 vs. Oakland.

·         Forced turnovers on three consecutive plays in the second quarter. Following ILB Brian Cushing’s interception, CB Kareem Jackson intercepted a pass on first-and-10 on Miami’s next drive, and SS Danieal Manning recovered a fumble on the first play of Miami’s subsequent possession.

·         Tied the team record for the most takeaways in one half with four in the first half. The last time Houston forced four turnovers in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay on11/13/11.

·         Held Miami’s offense to -5 yards in the third quarter. The previous low was 1 yard by Tampa Bay in the third quarter on 11/13/11.

·         Stopped Miami on fourth down on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. Houston’s opponents were 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) on fourth-down attempts in 2011.

·         Held Miami to 2-of-10 (20 percent) on third down attempts in the game. Houston’s opponents converted 35.8 percent of third-down tries in 2011.

·         Have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three season openers. They scored 34 vs. Indianapolis in 2010 and again in 2011.

·         Scored 24 points off of four takeaways, their first such points this season. In 2011, the team scored 119 points off of 27 turnovers.

·         Scored 24 second-quarter points, which tied for the most in that period in team history. Houston also scored 24 points vs. Arizona on 12/8/05. Tied for second-most points in a quarter in franchise history.

·         Had four red-zone possessions in the first half and scored three touchdowns. Overall, Houston was 3-of-6 on its red zone possessions in the game. The Texans scored touchdowns on 28-of-60 red zone possessions (46.7 percent) in 2011.

·         Won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 34:44. Houston was 9-3 when winning time of possession in 2011 and are now 39-18 under Kubiak when holding the ball more than their opponent.

·         Ran the ball 35 times in the game. Under Kubiak, Houston is now 33-5 when running the ball 30 or more times.

·         Outrushed the Dolphins, 83-79. Houston improved to 1-0 on the season when outrushing its opposition and 38-15 under Kubiak.

·         Held a plus-4 turnover ratio in the game (4 takeaways, 0 turnovers) and improved to 28-7 under Kubiak in games with a positive turnover margin.

·         Did not have any rookies start in the season opener for the first time in franchise history.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the seventh of his career when he hauled in a deflected pass in the second quarter. Cushing returned the interception for 1 yard.

·         Also led the team with seven tackles, including six solo stops. It was the

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Made his 300th career reception with his first catch of the afternoon, a 23-yard gain on the Texans’ opening drive. Daniels finished the game with 87 yards on four catches.

·         Picked up a first down on all four of his receptions.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         Scored his 30th career rushing touchdown and his first of the season on a 14-yard gain late in the second quarter.

·         Became the second Texans position player, along with WR Andre Johnson, to score more than 300 points when he scored his first touchdown of the game. The score gave him 305 career points.

·         Scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. It was his seventh career multi-touchdown performance. He finished with a game-high 79 rushing yards on 26 attempts, including his two touchdowns.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
·         Saw a 52-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter fall short. Graham is now 9-19 from beyond 50 yards in his career. The kick was his 250th career field goal attempt.

·         Connected on a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter for his first points as a Texan.

·         Made a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter to push the Texans’ lead to 27-10. In his career, Graham is 57-of-71 (80.3 percent) on attempts between 40 and 49 yards.

·         Closed the scoring with a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was only the fifth attempt of his career from less than 20 yards, and he is perfect on those kicks.

CB KAREEM JACKSON
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. He returned the interception 3 yards.

·         Tied a career high with two passes defensed in the game. The last time he had two passes defensed was 11/6/11 vs. Cleveland.

DE TIM JAMISON
·         Sacked Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It was his first sack of the game and the fourth of his career.

WR LESTAR JEAN
·         Made his first career reception with a 9-yard gain on third-and-4 to keep the Texans’ opening drive alive.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
·         Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 83 with an 11-yard catch on Houston’s opening drive of the game.

·         Caught his 500th pass under Head Coach Gary Kubiak with a 24-yard gain in the second quarter, his second catch of the day. Johnson has averaged 89.3 receiving yards and 6.49 receptions per game under Kubiak, both of which would be the highest in NFL history by a wide margin if viewed on their own.

·         Caught his 53rd career touchdown pass on a 14-yard scoring strike just before halftime.

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards on the day with a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The catch gave Johnson 119 yards on the day. It was Johnson’s 39th career 100-yard game.

·         Became the first player in Texans history to play 10 seasons with the team when he took the field to start the game.

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 19th of his career when he picked off Miami QB Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. Joseph returned the interception 36 yards. It was Joseph’s first interception in regular-season play at Reliant Stadium.

SS DANIEAL MANNING
·         Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fifth of his career in the second quarter.

FS GLOVER QUIN
·         Forced his first fumble of the season when he knocked the ball out of Miami RB Daniel Thomas’ hands in the second quarter.

QB MATT SCHAUB
·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 33-32.

·         Threw his first touchdown pass of the season and the 99th of his career when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 14-yard score just before halftime.

·         Completed 20-of-31 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 102.4. The Texans are 22-6 when Schaub has a passer rating of 100 or better.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. The half-sack gave Smith 30.0 for his career and 15.5 as a Texan.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Picked up his, and the team’s, first sack of the season when he fell on Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill after Tannehill was tripped by one of his linemen in the second quarter. The sack gave Watt 6.5 career sacks.

·         Deflected three passes, all in the first half, two of which resulted in interceptions.

·         Teamed with DE Antonio Smith to sack Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. It gave Watt second career multi-sack game in regular-season play. He had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.  Additionally, Watt had 2.5 sacks in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
·         Four rookies made their NFL debuts in the game: DE Jared Crick, C Ben Jones, WR Keshawn Martin and OLB Whitney Mercilus. Second-year WR Lestar Jean also made his professional debut after spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve. Veteran free agents CB Alan Ball, FB Tyler Clutts, RB Justin Forsett, K Shayne Graham, T Ryan Harris, ILB Bradie James and P Donnie Jones all made their Texans debuts.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included QB John Beck, OLB Bryan Braman, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR DeVier Posey.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Dolphins won the toss and elected to receive.

·         Total paid attendance was 71,566, which is the second-largest crowd in Texans history. The team record is 71,585 on 10/2/11 vs. Pittsburgh. Houston has sold out all 104 home games, including preseason, regular-season and postseason, in franchise history.


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Texans-Dolphins Week 1 Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 6, 2012 – 4:18 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Miami Dolphins, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 1 (bold indicates status change from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
ILB Brian Cushing (Ribs), TE Owen Daniels (Illness), RB Arian Foster (Knee), FS Shiloh Keo (Neck), OLB Brooks Reed (Hip)

Full Participation in Practice
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ankle), WR Andre Johnson (Chest), RB Ben Tate (Head), DE J.J. Watt (Elbow)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
None

Limited Participation in Practice
G John Jerry (Ankle), T Jake Long (Knee), LB Koa Misi (Back), LB Jason Trusnik (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
WR Brian Hartline (Calf), DE Tony McDaniel (Knee/Toes), DE Derrick Shelby (Shoulder)


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Texans vs. Dolphins Week 1 Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 5, 2012 – 4:16 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Miami Dolphins, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 1:

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
OLB Bryan Braman (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
ILB Brian Cushing (Ribs), FS Shiloh Keo (Neck)

Full Participation in Practice
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ankle), WR Andre Johnson (Chest), RB Ben Tate (Head), DE J.J. Watt (Elbow)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
None

Limited Participation in Practice
G John Jerry (Ankle)
T Jake Long (Knee)
LB Koa Misi (Back)
LB Jason Trusnik (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
WR Brian Hartline (Calf)
DE Tony McDaniel (Knee/Toes)
DE Derrick Shelby (Shoulder)


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Texans-Dolphins Connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 4, 2012 – 1:58 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here’s a look at notable connections between the Texans and their Week 1 opponent, the Miami Dolphins:

TEXANS WITH TIES TO FLORIDA
WR Andre Johnson (University of Miami, from Miami); C Chris Myers (University of Miami, from Miami); CB Brandon Harris (University of Miami, from Miami); WR Lestar Jean (Florida Atlantic, from Miami); ILB Mister Alexander (Florida State); WR coach Larry Kirksey (RB coach, University of Florida)

DOLPHINS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
LB Kevin Burnett (Dallas Cowboys, 2005-08); TE Anthony Fasano (Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07); FB Jorvorskie Lane (Texas A&M, from Lufkin); DT Kheeston Randall (University of Texas, from Beaumont); QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M, from Big Spring); offensive coordinator Mike Sherman (coached at Texas A&M, 1989-1993, 1995-97, head coach 2008-11; Houston Texans, 2006-07); TE coach Dan Campbell (born in Clifton; TE at Texas A&M, 1994-98; Dallas Cowboys, 2003-05); LB coach George Edwards (Dallas Cowboys, 1998-2001); DL coach Kacy Rogers (Dallas Cowboys, 2003-07); assistant QB coach Zac Taylor (coached at Texas A&M, 2011); OL coach Jim Turner (coached at Texas A&M, 2008-11)

FORMER DOLPHINS WITH THE TEXANS
QB John Beck (2007-08); LB Tim Dobbins (2010); K Shayne Graham (2011); G Wade Smith (2003-05); QB coach Karl Dorrell was the Dolphins’ QB coach (2011) and WR coach (2008-10); assistant strength and conditioning coach Matt Schiotz was the Dolphins’ head strength and conditioning coach (2007)

FORMER TEXANS WITH THE DOLPHINS
S Troy Nolan (2009-11); offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Houston’s offensive coordinator (2006-07)

TEXANS-DOLPHINS NOTABLE COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans QB John Beck and Dolphins LS John Denney (BYU); Texans C Ben Jones and Dolphins S Reshad Jones (Georgia); Texans G Wade Smith and Dolphins T Artis Hicks (Memphis); Texans CB Brandon Harris and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and DE Olivier Vernon (Miami, Fla.); Texans DE Tim Jamison and Dolphins T Jake Long (Michigan); Texans WR DeVier Posey and Dolphins WR Brian Hartline and LB Austin Spitler (Ohio State); Texans RB Arian Foster and Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett and DT Tony McDaniel (Tennessee); Texans NT Shaun Cody and ILB Brian Cushing and Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (USC); Texans CB Brice McCain and Dolphins LB Koa Misi, DE Paul Soliai, DE Derrick Shelby and CB Sean Smith (Utah)

TEXANS-DOLPHINS PRO CONNECTIONS
Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett (2005-08) and TE Anthony Fasano (2006-07) played for Dallas with Texans CB Alan Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) and while Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (2007-10), Texans LB coach Reggie Herring (2008-10) and Dolphins DL coach Kacy Rogers (2003-07) coached there; Texans G Andrew Gardner (2011), K Shayne Graham (2003-09), CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10) and WR Kevin Walter (2003-05) played for Cincinnati while Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle coached there (2001-11); Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby (2004-09) played for Arizona with Texans DE Antonio Smith (2004-08); Texans ILB Tim Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego with Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett (2009-10); Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego with Dolphins WR Legedu Naanee (2007-10); Texans G Wade Smith (2007) played for N.Y. Jets with Dolphins LB Jason Trusnik (2007-09); Dolphins WR Anthony Armstrong (2010-11)  and T Artis Hicks (2010) played for Washington with Texans QB John Beck (2010-2011); Dolphins G Richie Incognito (2006-08) played for St. Louis with Texans P Donnie Jones (2007-11)


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