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Texans-Colts Week 15 Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 14, 2012 – 5:29 pm

Alan BallThe Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who play at Reliant Stadium in Week 15 (bold indicates change in player’s status from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
CB Alan Ball (Foot/DNP), OLB Brooks Reed (Groin/DNP)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
T Derek Newton (Knee/Limited), S Glover Quin (Hip/Limited), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Toe/Limited)

PROBABLE
NT Shaun Cody (Ribs/Back/Limited), DE Jared Crick (Neck/Full), TE Owen Daniels (Back/Full), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder/Limited), RB Justin Forsett (Knee/Full), TE Garrett Graham (Concussion/Full), ILB Bradie James (Knee/Full), WR Lestar Jean (Knee/Back/Full), P Donnie Jones (R. Knee/Limited), CB Johnathan Joseph (Groin/Limited), OLB Whitney Mercilus (Knee/Full), NT Earl Mitchell (Shoulder/Full), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot/Full), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle/Limited), G Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs/Limited), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/Foot/Full), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow/Full)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

OUT
S Tom Zbikowski (Knee/DNP), T Winston Justice (Bicep/DNP), LB Kavell Conner (Hamstring/DNP), C Samson Satele (Ankle/DNP), RB Delone Carter (Ankle/DNP)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
None

PROBABLE
G Joe Reitz (Head/Full), QB Andrew Luck (Knee/Full), WR Donnie Avery (Ribs/Full), TE Coby Fleener (Ankle/Full)


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Texans-Colts Week 15 Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 13, 2012 – 1:49 pm

Darryl SharptonThe Thursday injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who play at Reliant Stadium in Week 15 (bold indicates change in player’s status from previous day):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Alan Ball (Foot), OLB Brooks Reed (Groin), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Toe)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
NT Shaun Cody (Ribs/Back), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder), P Donnie Jones (R. Knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (Groin), T Derek Newton (Knee), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle), G Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Jared Crick (Neck), TE Owen Daniels (Back), RB Justin Forsett (Knee), TE Garrett Graham (Concussion), ILB Bradie James (Hamstring), WR Lestar Jean (Knee/Back), OLB Whitney Mercilus (Knee), NT Earl Mitchell (Shoulder), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/Foot), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Tom Zbikowski (Knee), T Winston Justice (Bicep), LB Kavell Conner (Hamstring), C Samson Satele (Ankle), RB Delone Carter (Ankle), LB Robert Mathis (Not Injury Related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
None

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Joe Reitz (Head), QB Andrew Luck (Knee), WR Donnie Avery (Ribs), LB Dwight Freeney (Not Injury Related), TE Coby Fleener (Ankle)


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Texans-Colts Week 15 Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 12, 2012 – 8:23 pm

Donnie JonesThe Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who play at Reliant Stadium in Week 15:

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Alan Ball (Foot), P Donnie Jones (R. Knee), OLB Brooks Reed (Groin), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Toe)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
NT Shaun Cody (Ribs/Back), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder), CB Johnathan Joseph (Groin), T Derek Newton (Knee), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle), G Wade Smith (Knee/Ribs), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/Foot)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Jared Crick (Neck), TE Owen Daniels (Back), RB Justin Forsett (Knee), TE Garrett Graham (Concussion), ILB Bradie James (Hamstring), WR Lestar Jean (Knee/Back), OLB Whitney Mercilus (Knee), NT Earl Mitchell (Shoulder), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Tom Zbikowski (Knee), T Winston Justice (Bicep), LB Kavell Conner (Hamstring), C Samson Satele (Ankle), LB Dwight Freeney (Not Injury Related), RB Delone Carter (Ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Donnie Avery (Ribs)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Joe Reitz (Head), QB Andrew Luck (Knee), TE Coby Fleener (Ankle)


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Darryl Sharpton

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 10, 2012 – 11:42 am

Darryl SharptonEpisode 17 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton.

Sharpton, in his third NFL season, has 17 tackles, one interception, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in three games. He was on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the first nine games of the season because of a 2011 quadriceps injury. In the podcast, he discusses his excitement for not only being “Off the Turf with Scurf” but “back on the turf with my buds”; the Texans’ new letterman jackets; how close everyone on the team is; how “Off the Turf with Scurf” needs to turn into a TV show; returning from his injury in Week 11 against Jacksonville; his emotions when fans at Reliant Stadium cheered for him; how he wondered during his rehab if he was going to play this year and what might happen with his career; how his body felt after playing 103 snaps in five days; his physical style of play; joking around off the field but never on it; making up parody songs, jokes, giggling and tickling his teammates to cheer them up; his injury and long, monotonous rehab; his famous uncle, the Rev. Al Sharpton; getting his degree in finance and his interest in numbers, math, money and financial markets; the influence of his father, an accountant, on his education and strong academic background; how he used to wear an Andre Johnson jersey in middle school; how Johnson is now “definitely one of my most impressive friends”; the strong University of Miami contingent in the Texans’ locker room; getting the nickname “Radio” from the Cuba Gooding Jr. movie while in college; going to Coral Gables High School, the school that produced Frank Gore, Jonathan Vilma, Al Del Greco and Janet Reno; how he gets recognized more in Houston now at his favorite coffee shops, cookie shops and restaurants; and the upcoming Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)
Episode 15 (11/3): Owen Daniels (Video: Daniels on TD celebration)
Episode 16 (11/10): Danieal Manning
Episode 17 (12/10): Darryl Sharpton


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Postgame notes: Texans 24, Titans 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 2, 2012 – 5:17 pm

NASHVILLE — Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from Week 13 at LP Field, where the Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 24-10:

THE WIN

·         Secured the franchise’s second consecutive playoff berth.

·         Gave Houston a franchise-record 11 wins on the season.

·         Extended Houston’s franchise-record road winning streak to six consecutive games.

·         Extended Houston’s winning streak to six games, which is the second-longest streak in team history behind a seven-game win streak in 2011.

·         Gave Houston a sweep of Tennessee for the second time in team history and the first time since 2004 and gave the Texans their third win in four years at LP Field.

·         Improved Houston’s record against AFC South foes to 4-0 on the season.

·         Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 58-50 overall, 18-22 against the AFC South and 24-30 on the road.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Scored on their opening possession for the fifth time this season and scored a touchdown on their first possession for the fourth time on the year.

·         Scored first for the seventh time this season.

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

·         Scored a touchdown following ILB Tim Dobbins’ interception in the second quarter and a field goal following OLB Whitney Mercilus’ fumble recovery in the third, giving Houston 67 points off of 26 takeaways on the year.

·         Held the ball for more than 30:00 for the 13th consecutive game. Houston had the ball for 33:48 in the game.

·         Ran the 35 times for 125 yards, improving Houston’s record to 42-5 under Kubiak when running the ball 30 or more times.

·         Outrushed the Titans 125-89. Houston improved to 10-0 this season and 47-16 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Established a franchise record with six takeaways in the game. Houston previously forced five turnovers in a game five times, most recently on 11/23/08 at Cleveland.

·         Forced turnovers on consecutive plays for the second time this season. Houston forced turnovers on three consecutive defensive plays in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

·         Established a season high with 6.0 sacks in the game. Houston’s defense registered 4.0 sacks vs. Tennessee (9/30), in Week 7 vs. Baltimore (10/21) and in Week 9 vs. Buffalo (11/4). The 6.0 sacks were tied for the second-most in team history and were the most since Houston tied a franchise record with 7.0 at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.

·         Held Tennessee to 10 points in the game. It was the eighth time this season that the Texans held their opponents below 20 points. Houston improved to 8-0 this season and 40-2 under Kubiak when allowing fewer than 20 points.

·         Limited the Titans to 4-of-15 (27 percent) on third down attempts. It was the eighth time this season that the Texans have held their opponent below 30 percent on third downs.

CB ROC CARMICHAEL

·         Saw the most extensive playing time of his career and finished the game with a career-high four tackles, including three solos, and one pass defensed.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his third touchdown pass of the season on a 5-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter. It was Casey’s fourth career touchdown catch.

NT SHAUN CODY

·         Registered a pass defensed in his second consecutive game when he tipped a pass in the second quarter. The ball was intercepted by ILB Tim Dobbins to set up a touchdown.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 79 with a 14-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Caught his 50th pass of the season on a gain of 19 yards in the third quarter. It marked the fourth time in his career that Daniels has caught at least 50 passes.

·         Started his 87th game, which ties him with WR Kevin Walter and moves them each past former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Registered his third career interception and his first as a Texan when he picked off a tipped pass in the second quarter and returned it 7 yards to the Tennessee 3-yard line.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his third fumble recovery of the season and the sixth of his career.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the season when he reached the end zone on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. The score tied him with RB Domanick Williams’ total from 2004 for the second-most in a season in team history. Foster holds the franchise record with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Scored his 100th point of the season when he hit his third extra point of the game. It marked his sixth career 100-point season and his first since 2007.

·         Connected on a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was his 11th career field goal of 50 yards or longer and his second as a Texan.

CB BRANDON HARRIS

·         Led the team in tackles with a career-high six, including five solos. He also had a career-high two passes defensed.

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he took a quick throw and turned it up the sideline 54 yards to the end zone in the first quarter. The 54-yard catch was the longest of his career, bettering his previous long of 46 yards

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 94 with a 15-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Moved into the top 30 on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list with his first catch of the game, a gain of 15 yards in the first quarter. He entered the game needing three yards to pass Stanley Morgan (10,716).

P DONNIE JONES

·         Punted 10 times, which tied for the second-most in a game in team history. His 10 punts were the most by a Texans punter since Brett Hartmann had 10 at Jacksonville on 11/27/11. The team record is 11 punts by Chad Stanley on 12/1/02 at Indianapolis.

·         Had a season-high five punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line. That is one shy of his career high of six, set on 12/6/09 at Chicago as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

·         Booted a 55-yard punt in the second quarter. He has now hit at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in 10 of Houston’s 12 games this season.

·         Boomed a 64-yard punt in the third quarter. It was his fourth punt of the season of longer than 60 yards.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Returned a first-quarter punt 42 yards. It was his second return of more than 40 yards this season. He had a 71-yard return in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/18).

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Made his first career start at WLB and finished the game with two tackles, both of which were sacks, and a fumble recovery.

·         Passed DE Mario Williams (4.5, 2006) for fifth and tied LB Brian Cushing (5.0, 2009) for fourth on the franchise’s rookie sack list. He is one sack shy of the club rookie record of 6.0 set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.

·         Registered his fourth sack of the season and his fourth in five games when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter.

·         Recovered a fumble in the third quarter, the first of his career.

·         Registered his second sack of the game and fifth of the season when he dropped Locker for a loss of 5 yards in the third quarter.

FS GLOVER QUIN

·         Intercepted his second pass of the season and the fifth of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Jake Locker on the final play of the second quarter.

ILB BARRETT RUUD

·         Registered his first sack as a Texan and the sixth of his career when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a loss of 8 yards in the third quarter. It was Ruud’s first sack since 12/26/10 vs. Seattle as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 43-33 overall and 18-21. He led the Texans to victory for the 15th time in his last 16 starts and won his eighth consecutive start on the road.

·         Threw his 20th touchdown pass of the season when he hit WR Lestar Jean for a 54-yard catch and run on Houston’s first possession. It marked the third season in his career in which Schaub has thrown 20 or more touchdowns.

·         Threw his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit FB James Casey on a 5-yard scoring toss in the first quarter, giving Schaub his sixth multi-touchdown performance of the season.

·         Surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the fourth time in his career. He topped the milestone on a 21-yard pass to WR Andre Johnson in the second quarter. He entered the game with 2,855 yards on the season.

·         Picked up 8 yards on a run in the second quarter. It was his longest carry of the season and his longest since 11/14/10 when he had an 8-yard scamper at Jacksonville.

·         Caught his first career pass when he grabbed a tipped pass. He was tackled for a loss of 6 yards on the play.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         Intercepted a pass for the first time in his career when he grabbed a deflected pass in the fourth quarter. He returned the interception for a 2-yard loss.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

·         Recovered a fumble for the first time this season and the 11th time this season when he scooped up a loose ball in the second quarter.

·         Notched his 20th sack as a Texan and his fifth of the season when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter.

·         Forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by OLB Whitney Mercilus. It was Smith’s second forced fumble of the season and the ninth of his career.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Started his 87th game, which ties him with TE Owen Daniels and moves them each past former Texans RT Eric Winston for third on the team’s all-time games started list.

·         Surpassed 4,000 receiving yards as a Texan on an 18-yard catch in the fourth quarter, becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone along with WR Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels. He entered the game with 3,976 yards with the team.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Joined Hall of Fame DE Reggie White as the only players in NFL history to record 15 or more sacks and 13 passes defensed in a season when he sacked Tennessee QB Jake Locker for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him 15.5 on the year to go along with 15 passes defensed. White had 15.0 sacks and 13 passes defensed in 1991.

·         Set a League record for the most passes defensed in a season by a defensive lineman. Watt now has 15 passes defensed on the year, bettering the previous mark of 13 by Hall of Fame DE Reggie White in 1991.

·         Tipped a pass on the final play of the second quarter, leading to an interception by FS Glover Quin. It was the eighth takeaway that Watt has been involved in this season. He also has two fumble recoveries and the forced fumble he caused earlier in the game.

·         Forced the first fumble of his career when he knocked the ball out of the arms of Tennessee RB Chris Johnson in the second quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, ILB Bradie James, CB Johnathan Joseph, RT Derek Newton, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub and Johnson went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

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


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Texans-Lions inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2012 – 10:19 am

DETROIT — Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Texans inactives
11 WR DeVier Posey
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
44 RB Ben Tate
52 ILB Tim Dobbins
66 T Andrew Gardner
67 G Cody White
95 NT Shaun Cody

Texans starting lineup changes
Earl Mitchell will start at nose tackle for Shaun Cody. Darryl Sharpton will start at inside linebacker for Tim Dobbins. Alan Ball will start at cornerback for Johnathan Joseph.

Lions inactives
16 WR Titus Young
17 QB Kellen Moore
21 CB Jacob Lacey
76 T Jeff Backus
78 T Corey Hilliard
97 DE Ronnell Lewis
99 DT Corey Williams

Lions starting lineup changes
Ryan Broles will start at wide receiver for Titus Young. Riley Reiff will start at left tackle for Jeff Backus. Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle for Corey Williams. Drayton Florence will start at cornerback for Jacoby Lacey.


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Texans-Lions Week 12 Monday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 19, 2012 – 5:58 pm

The Monday injury report for the Texans and Detroit Lions, who play at Ford Field in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12 (note: both teams had walk-through practices on Monday; practice designations were estimations by both clubs of what players would have done in a full practice):

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
None

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Johnathan Joseph (Hamstring), WR DeVier Posey (Knee/Hamstring), LG Wade Smith (Ribs), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
NT Shaun Cody (Back/Ribs), ILB Tim Dobbins (Shoulder), ILB Darryl Sharpton (Neck/Knee/Hip), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Jared Crick (Neck), TE Owen Daniels (Back), SS Quintin Demps (Toe), ILB Bradie James (Thumb), WR Lestar Jean (Knee), CB Brice McCain (Knee), OLB Jesse Nading (Foot), QB T.J. Yates (R. Elbow)

DETROIT LIONS

OUT
WR Titus Young (Non-Injury)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Cliff Avril (Back), T Jeff Backus (Hamstring), S Louis Delmas (Knee), CB Drayton Florence (Concussion), DT Sammie Lee Hill (Knee), WR Calvin Johnson (Knee/Thumb), CB Jacob Lacey (Foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Erik Coleman (Eye), CB Chris Houston (Ankle), LB Ashlee Palmer (Chest), G Rob Sims (Hamstring), DT Ndamukong Suh (Knee), DT Corey Williams (Knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION
K Jason Hanson (L. Foot)


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Postgame notes: Texans 43, Jaguars 37

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 6:44 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 43-37 in overtime:

THE WIN
•         Improved Houston’s record to 9-1 on the season, assuring a second consecutive winning season. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Texans have posted winning records in back-to-back years.
 
•         Improved Houston’s record in overtime to 2-7 all-time and 1-5 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Extended Houston’s winning streak against Jacksonville to five games, which is the longest win streak for either team in series history.
 
•         Improved Houston’s record against Jacksonville to 13-9 overall and 8-3 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 56-50 overall, 34-20 at home and 2-3 in overtime.
 
•         Improved QB Matt Schaub’s record as the Texans starting quarterback to 41-33 overall and 25-12 at Reliant Stadium.
 
THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Set a franchise record for total offense with 640 yards, bettering the previous high of 549 at Green Bay on 12/7/08. The 640 yards of total offense ranked seventh in NFL history and were the most since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
 
•         Tied the franchise scoring record with 43 points. It matched the mark set against Baltimore in Week 7 this season (10/21).
 
•         The 80 combined points scored were the most in team history, topping the previous high of 74 combined points on 10/21/07 when Tennessee defeated Houston 38-36 at Reliant Stadium.
 
•         Overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game. It tied for the third-largest deficit overcome in a victory in franchise history. Houston last rallied from 14 down to win on 1/3/10 vs. New England. The team record is an 18-point comeback victory vs. Tennessee on 11/28/04.
 
•         Had more than 30:00 time of possession for the 10th time this season and the 11th consecutive regular-season game. Houston finished the game with 41:40 in time of possession, which is the second-highest possession total in team history behind the Week 2 win at Jacksonville in which they held the ball for 43:17 in regulation.
 
•         Outgained Jacksonville on the ground, 136-86. The Texans improved to 8-0 this season and 45-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.
 
•         Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 41-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
 
•         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
 
•         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.
 
•         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).
 
•         Were tied at halftime for the first time this season.
 
•         Trailed after three quarters for the second time this season. The only previous game in which Houston trailed going into the final period was in Week 6 vs. Green Bay (10/14).
 
THE TEXANS DEFENSE
•         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).
 
•         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.
 
HOUSTON TEXANS IN THE NFL RECORD BOOK
MISCELLANEOUS NOTE
•         This was the first game in NFL history in which two players each had more than 200 receiving yards. Houston WR Andre Johnson finished with 273 yards on 14 catches and Jacksonville WR Justin Blackmon had 236 yards on seven receptions.
 
THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Gained the seventh-most yards in a single game in NFL history with 640. It was the most in the League since 11/10/02 when Pittsburgh gained 645 yards vs. Arizona.
 
QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Tied for the second-most passing yards in a game in NFL history with 527. He joined Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon, who threw for 527 vs. Kansas City on 12/16/90. Norm Van Brocklin holds the NFL single-game passing record with 554 yards on 9/28/51 vs. the New York Yanks.
 
•         Tied for the second-most completions in a game in NFL history with 43. The last player to do so was Oakland QB Rich Gannon on 9/15/02 at Pittsburgh. New England QB Drew Bledsoe has the NFL record with 45 completions vs. Minnesota on 11/13/94, also in an overtime game.
 
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Had the ninth-most receiving yards in a game in modern NFL history and the most since 2000 with 273. Flipper Anderson holds the NFL record with 336 yards on 11/26/89 vs. the New Orleans Saints. The last receiver with more yards in a game was Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith, who had 291 vs. Baltimore on 9/10/2000.
 
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
 
HOUSTON TEXANS PLAYER NOTES
TE JAMES CASEY
•         Caught his career-high second touchdown pass of the season and the third of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.
 
TE OWEN DANIELS
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.
 
ILB TIM DOBBINS
•         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.
 
RB JUSTIN FORSETT
•         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.
 
•         Reached 1,500 career rushing yards with a 1-yard gain in overtime, his seventh carry of the game. He entered the game with 1,441 career yards.
 
RB ARIAN FOSTER
•         Topped 4,000 career rushing yards on his eighth carry of the game. He entered the game with 3,969 career rushing yards. Foster reached the milestone on his eighth carry of the game, a gain of three yards in the second quarter.
 
TE GARRETT GRAHAM
•         Hauled in a career-long 30-yard pass in the third quarter. His previous long was a gain of 27 yards earlier this year in Week 3 at Denver (9/27).
 
•         Set career highs in receptions, with eight; receiving yards, with 82; and touchdowns, with two. His previous highs were three catches, which he had done twice, 39 yards earlier this year at Denver (9/23) and one touchdown vs. Buffalo (11.4).
 
•         Caught his second career touchdown when he scored on a 1-yard toss from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. Graham has scored touchdowns in each of the last two home games.
 
WR LESTAR JEAN
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers. He finished with one catch for 11 yards.
 
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Finished with 273 receiving yards on 14 catches, both career highs and franchise records, and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 48-yard catch and run. His 273 receiving yards were the seventh-most in modern NFL history.
 
•         Scored his third touchdown of the season and the 55th of his career when he took a quick screen pass and raced 48 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score in overtime.
 
•         Recorded his 15th career game with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards, tying Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and New England WR Wes Welker for the most such games in NFL history.
 
•         Surpassed 200 receiving yards for the second time in his career and topped 100 receiving yards for the 41st time in his career and the third time this season. He topped the century mark on his fifth catch of the game, a 23-yard gain in the second quarter.
 
•         Topped 100 receiving yards in the first half for the seventh time in his career, going into intermission with 132 yards on seven catches. It was the first time he topped 100 yards before halftime since 9/25/11 at New Orleans, when he had 140 yards on five receptions.
 
•         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.
 
•         Passed Harold Jackson (10,372) for 32nd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he caught a 13-yard pass late in the second quarter. He entered the game needing 120 yards to pass Jackson’s total.
 
•         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with a 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.
 
P DONNIE JONES
•         Recorded a 55-yard punt in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a punt of 55 yards or longer to five. He has had a punt of at least 55 yards in nine out of Houston’s 10 games this season.
 
SS DANIEAL MANNING
•         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.
 
•         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.
 
WR KESHAWN MARTIN
•         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.
 
•         Finished with 238 total return yards (76 punt returns, 162 kickoff returns), the third-most in franchise history and the most since Jerome Mathis had a team-record 266 vs. Kansas City on 11/20/05.
 
•         Returned a second-quarter kickoff 54 yards. It was his longest kickoff return of the season and was the longest of the season for the Texans.
 
•         Returned a fourth-quarter punt 71 yards, a career-long and the longest of the season for the Texans. It was the fifth-longest punt return in franchise history and the longest since Jacoby Jones had a 79-yard return for touchdown on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis. It was the second-longest punt return by a rookie in team history behind a 74-yard return by Jacoby Jones vs. Indianapolis on 9/23/07.
 
•         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.
 
NT TERRELL MCCLAIN
•         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.
 
QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Led the ninth game-winning drive of his career when he led the Texans 53 yards in two plays, culminating in a 48-yard touchdown pass to WR Andre Johnson.
 
•         Led the fourth game-tying drive of his career when he drove the Texans 90 yards in eight plays for a touchdown to tie the game at 34-34.
 
•         Threw for a franchise-record 527 yards on 43-of-55 passing. He topped his own record of 497 yards set in 2010 at Washington (9/19/10), also in overtime.
 
•         Set a franchise record with five touchdown passes in the game. He previously had thrown four touchdowns in a game three times, most recently in Week 3 this season at Denver (9/23).
 
•         Set the franchise record with 43 completions in the game, bettering the previous record of 39 by David Carr on 11/26/06 at the New York Jets. His 55 pass attempts were the second-most in team history behind the 62 passes he threw on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore, also in overtime.
 
•         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.
 
•         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE James Casey for a 1-yard score in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the season and gave him 15 touchdown passes on the year.
 
•         Threw his third touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Garrett Graham for a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was his second game this season and the 11th of his career with three or more touchdown passes. He threw four touchdowns in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).
 
ILB DARRYL SHARPTON
•         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.
 
DE J.J. WATT
•         Sacked Jacksonville QB Chad Henne for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter, increasing his sack total to 11.5 on the year, tying OLB Connor Barwin’s 2011 total for the third-most in a season in team history.
 
•         Deflected a pass in overtime, raising his season total to 11. He became the seventh player in NFL history to record at least 11.0 sacks and 11 passes defensed in the same season.
 
MISCELLANEOUS STATS
•         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.
 
•         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.
 
•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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Halftime notes: Texans 17, Jaguars 17

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2012 – 2:08 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations department, notes from halftime of Week 11 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied 17-17:

THE TEXANS

·         Scored on their opening drive for the fourth time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third time this season. The last time Houston scored on its opening possession was in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Scored first for the sixth time this season and for the second consecutive game when QB Matt Schaub hit WR Keshawn Martin for a 9-yard score on the first possession of the game.

·         Started the game by forcing a fumble for the second consecutive game. It was Houston’s 19th takeaway on the season.

·         Allowed a touchdown for the first time in nearly two and a half games when Jacksonville QB Chad Henne hit TE Marcedes Lewis for a 13-yard score with 2:56 left in the first quarter. That broke a streak of 157:40 of game time without allowing a touchdown. The last touchdown the Texans gave up came with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter of Houston’s Week 7 game vs. Baltimore (10/21).

·         Were tied at the end of the first quarter for the second time this season. Houston was also tied after the opening period in Week 5 at the New York Jets (10/8).

·         Were tied at halftime for the first time this season.

TE JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his career-high second touchdown pass of the season and the third of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 77 with a 10-yard catch in the first quarter.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

·         Recovered a fumble for the second consecutive game when he scooped up a loose ball after SS Danieal Manning jarred the ball out of Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert’s hand. It was Dobbins’ second recovery of the season and the fifth of his career.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

·         Posted his longest run since the 2010 season when he ripped off a 30-yard gain in the first quarter. He had a 31-yard run vs. Carolina on 12/5/10.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Topped 4,000 career rushing yards on his eighth carry of the game. He entered the game with 3,969 career rushing yards.

WR LESTAR JEAN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the 41st time in his career and the third time this season. He topped the mark on his fifth catch of the game, a 23-yard gain in the second quarter.

·         Topped 100 receiving yards in the first half for the seventh time in his career and the first time since 9/25/11 at New Orleans, when he had 140 yards on five receptions.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 92 with an 7-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Passed Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for 33rd on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list when he hauled in a 22-yard pass on the second play of the game. Johnson entered the game needing 14 yards to pass Alworth’s career total of 10,266.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive week when he sacked Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball loose on Jacksonville’s opening drive. It was Manning’s eighth career forced fumble.

·         Registered his first sack of the season, first as a Texan and the third of his career when he hit Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert and knocked the ball out of his hand on the first defensive series of the game.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Made his first career start when the Texans opened the game with four wide receivers.

·         Caught his first career touchdown pass when he hauled in a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap the opening drive of the game.

·         Returned a second-quarter kickoff 54 yards. It was his longest kickoff return of the season and was the longest of the season for the Texans.

NT TERRELL MCCLAIN

·         Made his Texans debut. He took the field for the first time to open Houston’s third defensive series of the game.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Topped 20,000 career passing yards when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 45-yard gain on the third play of the game. Schaub entered the game needing 51 yards to reach the milestone.

·         Finished the opening drive 4-of-4 for 83 yards and a touchdown.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE James Casey for a 1-yard score in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the season and gave him 15 touchdown passes on the year.

ILB DARRYL SHARPTON

·         Made his season debut when he took the field on Houston’s first kickoff of the game. Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform while recovering from a torn quadriceps suffered last season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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Kubiak addresses injuries, top concerns as Texans finish OTAs

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 8, 2012 – 9:48 am

After the Texans’ 10th and final practice of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday, coach Gary Kubiak talked with the media about what’s ahead for his team.

On the injury front, linebacker Brian Cushing returned to practice Thursday after missing the previous three days with a sore knee. Cushing called it “as minor as they come; a bruise at most,” and Kubiak said it was important to Cushing to be back on the field before the end of OTAs. Wide receiver Trindon Holliday also practiced Thursday after injuring his ankle last week.

Quarterback Matt Schaub (foot), wide receiver Andre Johnson (knee) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (quad) did not participate in OTAs as they rehabbed from injuries. Rookie nose tackle Hebron Fangupo missed all but part of the first day after injuring his knee.

“I feel good about Matt and where he’s at,” Kubiak said. “I think he could be practicing right now. Andre is probably a little further behind Matt right now. Loni (Fangupo) will be back. Probably the biggest question mark right now is Sharpton. Looking at where we’re at, Sharpton could not come out and practice right now. He needs to be in there battling with Bradie (James) for a starting job. Probably that’s my biggest concern right now, seeing that he’s 100 percent and can go out there and compete for a job.”

Kubiak said his biggest concern coming out of OTAs is the Texans’ young wide receivers. Aside from 10-year veterans Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter, none of the Texans’ receivers have caught an NFL pass.

“I like the ability, as I’ve told y’all all along,” Kubiak said. “Bottom line, none of them have been in games, and so that’s going to be a concern until we get going. The picture looks different when Andre is out here and Kevin is out here and you have those veterans leading the way. Throughout the course of these OTAs, it’s strictly young guys. That’s a concern. It’s something we’ll continue to address with our team as we move forward.”

Kubiak wouldn’t say Thursday that Lestar Jean, who worked as a starter during OTAs with Johnson sidelined, has established himself as the team’s number three receiver. He doesn’t know if the team will keep six wideouts on the 53-man roster, saying, “it depends on what we are come September.”

The Texans also have questions at fullback, where second-year pro Derrell Smith has worked behind James Casey after spending last season on the practice squad at middle linebacker. Kubiak said Thursday that Smith has “very good” hands.

“I feel good about him,” Kubiak said. “He’s behind mentally. He’s a defensive player trying to play offense, so that’s tough, but nobody is working harder. I think the future is very bright, but it just needs to happen quick. He’s behind, but that’s not his fault. That’s us changing his position.”

The Texans will have a kicker competition through training camp between rookie Randy Bullock, who was perfect in his first competition in front of the team and has consistently boomed kickoffs 6-7 yards deep in practice, and veteran Shayne Graham, who signed with the Texans in May.

The Texans are also looking for a kick returner to replace Jacoby Jones. Safety Danieal Manning suggested Thursday that he won’t return kicks in 2012. Wide receivers Keshawn Martin, a rookie fourth-round draft pick from Michigan State, and DHolliday, a third-year pro out of LSU, appear to be the frontrunners for the job.

“That’s one thing you can’t really tell until you start playing, but I thought Keshawn looked like a natural with what he was doing,” Kubiak said. “Trindon is the best he’s been as a player going into this camp as a pro. It’ll be competitive, and then the young man that we picked up (running back Justin Forsett) looks like he’s going to be able to help us there, too. We’ll see how it comes out.”

The Texans have three open spots on their roster, meaning there’s room for them to sign free agents at positions such as wide receiver and tight end between now and the start of training camp in late July.

“I’m concerned about the youth of the receiving group, which we keep talking about,” Kubiak said. “We’ve normally had a physical tight end around here to go with O.D. (Owen Daniels). We don’t have that presence right now. That’s something (general manager) Rick (Smith) and I are looking at.

“You just asked me a question about our fullback. I know what James can do, but I’m counting heavily on a young man (Smith) who hasn’t played there. Those are some of the things right now and just the new faces that are going to be the new leaders along with the leaders we have to go with this team. Like I said, it’s a totally different team. It’s going to start taking on an identity as we get going here.”


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