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Full list of Texans free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 11:27 am

With the NFL’s free agency period beginning in less than three hours (3 p.m. CT), here’s a full list of the Texans’ free agents, which includes 15 unrestricted players and one restricted:

Unrestricted
CB Jason Allen
S Dominique Barber
G Mike Brisiel
DE Tim Bulman
QB Jake Delhomme
ILB Tim Dobbins
TE Joel Dreessen
QB Jeff Garcia
WR Bryant Johnson
C Chris Myers
K Neil Rackers
G Kasey Studdard
P Matt Turk
RB Derrick Ward
OLB Mario Williams

Restricted
S Quintin Demps
(RB Arian Foster – signed March 6)

Exclusive Rights
(LS Jon Weeks – signed March 5)


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Texans have 14 players, 14 coaches with playoff experience

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2012 – 9:55 am

Most of the Texans’ coaching staff has extensive playoff experience, but, as this is the franchise’s first trip to the postseason, most Texans players have none.

Among players, 14 of 53 (26.4 percent) on the active roster have played in a postseason game. In other words, 39 of 53 (73.6 percent) have not. The Texans have a total of 53 games of playoff experience on the roster, including four Super Bowl appearances.

Will that be a factor against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday? Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who has been to six Super Bowls as a player and coach, was asked Tuesday about overcoming his team’s lack of playoff experience.

“I don’t know that answer,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been asked so many times. It is what it is. From that standpoint, as far as our players, maybe that’s a good thing that they don’t have a lot of things to pull from. It’s just, ‘Go play it like any other game.’ They know that the result – the biggest factor – you can move on. If you don’t play well, you’re not moving on, you’re going home. They all understand that, but this is the Houston Texans’ first taste of a playoff game.”

Kubiak said that playoff-tested veterans Antonio Smith and Danieal Manning have stepped up as leaders this week, passing along “a lot of great information” to their teammates – not to mention taking things up a notch on the practice field.

“Watching Danieal Manning practice today and watching him prepare – if you’re his teammate, you know there was something different about it today,” Kubiak said Tuesday. “You just ask those guys to lead the way, and we got a lot of good players that need to jump in there and go with them, so we’ll find out.”

Among coaches, 14 of 16 (87.5 percent) have playoff experience. Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph and offensive assistant Marc Lubick are the lone exceptions. The Texans’ coaching staff has coached and/or played in 175 postseason games. Kubiak has coached in 16 and played in four. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has coached in 26.

The Texans have eight coaches who have participated in Super Bowls, with 10 rings and 20 appearances among them. Kubiak won three Super Bowls as a coach — one as quarterbacks coach in San Francisco in 1994 and two as offensive coordinator in Denver in 1997-98.

“I hope they (players) look at our staff and pull from everybody,” Kubiak said. “Wade’s been in a lot of big football games, (offensive coordinator) Rico (Rick Dennison), guys have been in a lot of playoff games, have been around those type of things. They got to look to everybody, and like I said, there’s a lot of information to be passed along this week, whether it’s from me, coaches, players who’ve played in playoff games, but the bottom line is we’re going to play with the same ball, we’re going play on the same fields.  That was my message to them (Tuesday) morning: ‘Hey, whatever you did during the season, you did a hell of a job.  You make sure you’re doing the same thing this week as we prepare for Saturday.’”

Here’s a list of the 14 Texans players with postseason experience:

Player: Number of Playoff Games
QB Jake Delhomme: 8 – 2 WC (2003-04), 3 D (2003, 2005, 2008), 2 C (2003, 2005), 1 SB (2003)
ILB Tim Dobbins: 7 – 2 WC (2007-08), 4 D (2006-09), 1 C (2007)
P Matt Turk: 7 – 4 WC (1999-02), 3 D (1999-2000, 2002)
QB Jeff Garcia: 6 – 4 WC (2001-02, 2006-07), 2 D (2002, 2006)
K Neil Rackers: 6 – 2 WC (2008-09, 2 D (2008-09), 1 C (2008), 1 SB (2008)
FS Danieal Manning: 5 – 2 D (2006, 2010, 2 C (2006, 2010), 1 SB (2006)
DE Antonio Smith: 4 – 1 WC (2008), 1 D (2008), 1 C  (2008), 1 SB  (2008)
FS Quintin Demps: 3 – 1 WC (2008), 1 D (2008), 1 C (2008)
C Chris Myers: 2 – 1 D (2005), 1 C (2005)
CB Jason Allen: 1 – 1 WC (2008)
CB Johnathan Joseph: 1 – 1 WC (2009)
LG Wade Smith: 1 – 1 WC (2006)
WR Kevin Walter: 1 – 1 WC (2005)
RB Derrick Ward: 1 – 1 D (2008)
* WC = Wild Card round, D = Divisional round, C = Conference championship, SB = Super Bowl


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Titans 23, Texans 22: Postgame Notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 23-22 loss to the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:

THE TEXANS…

  • Finished the season with a franchise-best record of 10-6. With the loss today, Houston finished the season 5-3 at home, 4-2 against AFC South opponents and 1-1 against Tennessee. Houston’s 4-2 intra-division record matches the best in team history.
  • Outrushed the Titans, gaining 152 yards on the ground to Tennessee’s 60. It was the 11th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the Texans fell to 8-3 in those games.
  • Won the time of possession battle for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 34:38. Houston fell to 9-3 in those games
  • Scored on their opening possession of the game for the ninth time this season and the second game in a row.
  • Led after the first quarter for the 12th time this season.
  • Trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season.
  • Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the 10thtime this season and the fourth consecutive game.
  • Were tied after three quarters for the second time this season.
  • Sold out their 100th consecutive home game, including regular season and preseason contests, with a crowd of 71,512. Houston has sold out every home game in franchise history.
  • Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense, ILBs Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Titans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

TEAM RECORDS SET IN 2011…

  • Wins (10) – Previous record was 9 in 2009
  • Consecutive wins (7) – Previous record was 6 from 12/13/09-9/19/10
  • Fewest touchdowns allowed (27) – Previous record was 39 in 2004 and 2009
  • Fewest points allowed (278) – Previous record was 333 in 2009
  • Fewest yards allowed (4,571) – Previous record was 5,198 in 2009
  • Rushing yards gained (2,448) – Previous record was 2,042 in 2010
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (1,536) – Previous record was 1,711 in 2009
  • Fewest net passing yards allowed (3,035) – Previous record was 3,141 in 2002
  • Fewest first downs allowed (270) – Previous record was 291 in 2002
  • Fewest interceptions thrown (9) – Previous record was 12 in 2010
  • Sacks (44.0) – Previous record was 37 in 2005
  • Home attendance (Season avg. 71, 496) – Previous high was 71,081 in 2010

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Saw his record drop to 47-49 with the loss.
  • Lost the final game of the regular season for the first time in his six seasons as head coach.

CB JASON ALLEN

  • Made his first start since Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9), starting in place of an inactive Johnathan Joseph. Allen finished the game with two solo tackles.

G THOMAS AUSTIN

  • Saw action for the second time this season and got his most extensive playing time when he subbed for starting C Chris Myers in the second half.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

  • Teamed with OLB Jesse Nading to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the first sack of his career.

FB JAMES CASEY

  • Caught his career-high sixth pass of the season when he hauled in a 15-yard throw in the third quarter. His previous high was five receptions in Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25). He finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards with a long of 21.

QB JAKE DELHOMME

  • Made his Texans debut when he stepped in for starter T.J. Yates in the first quarter. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 99.0.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Led the team with a career-high six tackles, all of which were solo stops.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

  • Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

T ANDREW GARDNER

  • Made his NFL debut when he came on for a field goal attempt in the third quarter.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

  • Caught his first career pass, a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a sack to 82 when he caught a 5-yard pass in the first quarter.

WR BRYANT JOHNSON

  • Caught a season-long 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The catch was his longest since 11/16/08 when he caught 42-yard pass for San Francisco against St. Louis.
  • Caught his first touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career when QB Jake Delhomme hit him in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out late in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s first touchdown catch since 1/3/10 when he caught a 12-yard touchdown for Detroit against Chicago.

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Caught three passes for 35 yards, which put him over 500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He entered the game needing 23 yards to reach the milestone.

FS SHILOH KEO

  • Saw his first career action as a punt returner. He fair caught the first punt that came his way and finished the game with one return for 11 yards.

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Finished the game with a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops, and one pass defensed. His previous high was five tackles vs. Carolina (12/18).

OLB JESSE NADING

  • Registered his first partial sack of the season when he teamed with OLB Bryan Braman to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave Nading 4.0 for his career.
  • Recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made all three field goal attempts, hitting from 72, 37 and 22 yards, to give him a franchise-record 32 field goals on the season. The previous mark was 29 field goals by Kris Brown in 2008.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

  • Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave him 5.5 on the season, which matches his career high set in 2007 with Arizona. It also moved him past Jason Babin into third on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 14.0.
  • Notched his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him a career-high 6.5 on the season. His 2.0 sacks also tied a career single-game high, matching his performance at Oakland on 10/3/10.

RB BEN TATE

  • Made his second career start and his first since Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25), finishing with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
  • Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run to cap the Texans’ opening drive. His last touchdown was in Week 11 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
  • Ran for a 56-yard gain on the first play of the second half. It was the longest run of the season for the Texans and the longest of his career. The previous long was a 44-yard run by Tate at Cincinnati (12/11).
  • Had a career-high 24 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions. His previous bests were four catches and 13 receiving yards, both at Miami in Week 2 (9/18).

RB DERRICK WARD

  • Finished the game with season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, carrying 12 times for 50 yards. His previous highs were 11 attempts and 39 yards, both against Indianapolis in Week 1 (9/11).

QB T.J. YATES

  • Started for the fifth time and completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards before leaving the game early in the first quarter.

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Texans 37, Bucs 9: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2011 – 10:56 am

Notes from the Texans’ 37-9 Week 10 victory at Tampa Bay, courtesy of the team’s communications staff:

THE WIN…

* Improved the Texans to 7-3, the best record through 10 games in franchise history. It also marks the first time the Texans have been four games above .500.

* Extended Houston’s winning streak to four games, tying a franchise record from 2009.

* Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 44-46 and 2-0 against Tampa Bay.

* Improved Houston’s record against Tampa Bay to 2-1 in the all-time series and gave the Texans their first win at Raymond James Stadium.

TEAM OFFENSE NOTES

* The Texans outrushed the Buccaneers 185-90. It was the seventh time this season and fourth consecutive game in which Houston outrushed its opponent. The team improved to 6-1 in those games and 35-13 under Kubiak when outrushing its opponent.

* The Texans ran the ball 44 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns in the win, improving the team’s record to 7-0 this season and 30-3 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

* The Texans won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 35:06, and improved to 7-2 in those games.

* Houston scored on its opening possession for the seventh time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the sixth time this year. The Texans have now scored 44 points on their game-opening possessions, which is the most in the NFL this season.

* The Texans scored on their opening possession of the second half for the fifth consecutive game, going 65 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Arian Foster. The touchdown gave Houston 34 points on their second-half opening possessions this year.

* Houston had two completions of more than 60 yards in the same game for the first time in franchise history. The only times Houston has had multiple passes of 50 yards or more were earlier this season vs. Oakland (10/9), when RB Arian Foster had a 60-yard reception and TE Joel Dreessen had a 56-yard touchdown catch; and at Jacksonville on 12/24/05, when WR Andre Johnson caught a 53-yard touchdown and WR Corey Bradford caught a 50-yard touchdown.

* Houston’s 91-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the Texans’ League-best seventh scoring drive of 90 yards or more this season.

* Houston’s second drive covered 80 yards and took 7:24 off the clock before ending with a 22-yard field goal. It was the Texans’ League-leading 21st drive of 5:00 or more this season.

TEAM DEFENSE NOTES

* Houston’s three interceptions tied for the third-most in a game in franchise history. The Texans had four interceptions on 10/17/04 at Tennessee and 11/12/06 at Jacksonville.

* The three interceptions raised the team’s total to 14 on the season, surpassing last year’s total of 13 interceptions.

* Houston’s defense held Tampa Bay to 9 points. It was the seventh game this season and fourth consecutive game in which the defense held its opponent below 20 points.

* The Texans recorded four takeaways without giving up any turnovers of their own for a plus-four turnover margin. It marked the seventh time this season that Houston posted a positive turnover margin, and the team improved to 5-2 in those games.

* The Texans defense has intercepted at least one pass in nine consecutive games.

* Houston has scored 90 points off of 20 takeaways this season, including 14 points off of four takeaways today. The Texans have scored following 14 of their 20 takeaways this year.

* The Texans defense held Tampa Bay to 1 yard of total offense in the third quarter. That is the fewest yards allowed in the third period in franchise history, bettering the previous low of 6 yards at Cincinnati (10/18/09).

* The Texans defense sacked Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman four times in the game. Coming into the game, he had only been sacked 10 times on the season.

* The four sacks raised the defense’s total to 28.0 on the year, nearly matching the 16-game total of 30.0 from 2010.

* The Texans defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt for the second consecutive game.

* Houston led after the first quarter for the ninth time in 10 games this season, at halftime for the eighth time and after three quarters for the ninth time.

* Tampa Bay K Connor Barth’s 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the sixth field goal of 50 yards or longer by a Texans opponent this season, which is tied for the most against any team in the NFL this season along with Minnesota. Texans opponents are 6-of-6 from 50+ yards this season.

* Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.

* The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

* Successfully challenged a play in the first quarter that an apparent interception was an incomplete pass. The successful challenge improved Kubiak’s record on challenges to 2-3 this season and 12-25 in his career.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

* Notched his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.

* Added a half-sack on Tampa’s next possession, teaming with DE J.J. Watt to drop Freeman for a 7-yard loss. The sack gave Barwin 4.5 on the season, matching his career single-season high from 2009.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING

* Registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Cushing 8.5 for his career.

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he caught a deflected pass in the third quarter. It was his sixth career interception.

* Led the team with eight tackles, all solos. It marked the eighth time in 10 games that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS

* Extended his streak of consecutive games with a  reception to 63 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

* Intercepted his second pass in as many games when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the fourth quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

* Caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his second 78-yarder of the season. He also did so on 10/23 at Tennessee. Both receptions are tied for the second-longest TD catch in team history.

* Scored his 25th career rushing touchdown and his sixth of the season on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Foster has run for at least one touchdown in four consecutive games.

* Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the third time this season. He topped the century mark on a 13-yard catch in the third quarter. He also had 116 receiving yards vs. Oakland (10/9) and 119 yards at Tennessee (10/23).

WR JACOBY JONES

* Caught the longest touchdown pass in Texans history when he hauled in a throw from QB Matt Schaub on the first play of the game and took it 80-yards for a score. The previous long was 78-yards by RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Jones’ 80-yard touchdown catch was also the longest of his career, bettering a 47-yard catch last season at Denver (12/26/10). The touchdown was his second of the season and the 11th of his career.

QB MATT LEINART

* Made his debut as a Houston Texan, coming on as a substitute in the fourth quarter.

CB BRICE McCAIN

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the third quarter. He returned the interception 10 yards to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line.

OLB JESSE NADING

* Recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, giving him his first career kickoff return.

K NEIL RACKERS

* Passed Joe Nedney (1,113) for 36th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list. He entered the game with 1,009 career points and his 7 points in the game gave him 1,016 for his career.

* Saw his streak of 69 consecutive made extra point attempts come to an end following Houston’s opening touchdown when his kick was blocked by Tampa Bay DT Albert Haynesworth. The last time the Texans had an extra point attempt blocked was on 10/29/06 at Tennessee when Robaire Smith blocked Kris Brown’s try.

OLB BROOKS REED

* Picked up his fifth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter. He is tied for the team lead with OLB Mario Williams whose place he took after Williams was placed on injured reserve.

* Has now registered at least one sack in each of his last four games, which ties him with DE Antonio Smith for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Williams holds the record with sacks in six straight games.

QB MATT SCHAUB

* Improved his record as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans to 32-32 with the victory.

* Tossed the longest pass of his career when he hit WR Jacoby Jones for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The throw was the longest touchdown completion in franchise history, bettering a 78-yard touchdown pass to RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of 78 yards or longer in the same game since Brett Favre did so in 2007 for Green Bay vs. Denver (10/29/07).

* Finished 11-of-15 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a career-high passer rating of 154.9.

* The performance marked Schaub’s fifth game this season with a rating better than 100. Houston is 4-1 in those games.

RB BEN TATE

* Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season when he scored from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

* Hauled in the 300th reception of his career on his first catch of the game, a 6-yarder in the first quarter.

RB DERRICK WARD

* Scored from 4 yards out in the third quarter. It was his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second of the season.

DE J.J. WATT

* Notched a half-sack in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 sacks on the year. He and OLB Connor Barwin teamed up to tackle Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss.


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Texans-Browns postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2011 – 11:26 am

A day later, here are the postgame notes from Houston’s 30-12 Week 9 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Reliant Stadium, courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff.

THE WIN…

* Improved the Texans’ record to 6-3, putting them three games above .500 for the first time in franchise history. It is also the team’s best record through nine games.

* Gave the Texans their first three-game win streak during a season since the end of the 2009 season when they won four in a row from 12/13/09-1/3/10.

* Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 43-46 overall.

* Improved the Texans’ record against Cleveland to 4-3 overall and 3-1 under Kubiak.

* Improved Houston’s record at Reliant Stadium to 4-1 on the season and 28-17 under Kubiak.

TEAM NOTES…

* Houston set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 261. The previous high was 257 last season vs. Indianapolis (9/12/10).

* The Texans had two players with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game for the second time in the last three weeks after doing so at Tennessee on 10/23. Prior to this year, the Texans had never had two 100-yard rushers in the same game.

* Houston became the sixth team since 1985 to have a pair of rushers top 100 yards in the same game twice in a season. The last teams to do so was Tennessee (Chris Johnson, LenDale White) and Carolina (Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams) in 2008.

* The Texans’ three rushing touchdowns tied a club single-game record. It was the ninth time Houston rushed for three scores in a game and the first time since 1/2/11 vs. Jacksonville.

* The Texans had three players score rushing touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The only other game in which three Texans ran for scores was on 12/13/07 vs. Denver, when FB Vonta Leach, QB Sage Rosenfels and RB Ron Dayne did so.

* The Texans outrushed the Browns 261-44. It was the sixth game this season and the third in a row that Houston has outrushed its opponent. The Texans are 5-1 in those games this season and are 34-13 under Kubiak when outrushing the opposition.

* The Texans ran the ball 40 times in the game, improving their record when rushing 30 or more times to 6-0 this season and 29-3 under Kubiak.

* The Texans defense held its opponent below 200 total yards of offense for the third consecutive game.

* The Texans held their opponent under 20 points for the sixth time this season and improved to 6-0 in those games this year and 27-1 under Kubiak.

* The Texans scored on their opening possession for the sixth time this season and scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game for the fifth time this year.

* Houston’s opening drive consumed 5:10 off the game clock. The Texans also had drives of 7:19 and 6:33 which each ended in field goals in the second half. The drives were Houston’s 18th, 19th and 20th of the season that lasted more than five minutes.

* The Texans scored a touchdown following a first-quarter fumble recovery and a field goal following a second-quarter interception, giving them 76 points off of 16 takeaways this season. Houston has converted 12 of its 16 takeaways into points.

* The Texans had a positive turnover margin for the sixth time this season, taking the ball away twice while committing one turnover. Houston is 4-2 this season when posting a positive turnover margin and 25-7 under Kubiak.

* Houston won time of possession for the eighth time this season and improved to 6-2 in those games this year and 35-17 under Kubiak.

* The Texans led after the first quarter for the eighth time in nine games this season, at halftime for the seventh time, and after three quarters for the eighth time.

* The Texans defense its streak of consecutive games with an interception to eight in a row.

* The Texans scored on their first possession of the second half for the fourth consecutive game. The drive was capped by a 21-yard field goal.

* Total paid attendance was 71,511. It marked the 97th consecutive home sellout for the Texans. Houston has sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history. The crowd was the second-largest in team history behind the 71,585 earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

* The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES…

* Head Coach Gary Kubiak successfully challenged a play in the fourth quarter which was ruled a fumble on the field. Kubiak improved to 1-3 this season and 11-25 in his career.

* Rookie OLB Mister Alexander made his NFL debut after being signed off of the Texans practice squad earlier this week. Alexander finished the game with a team-leading two special teams tackles.

* OLB Connor Barwin registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.

* NT Shaun Cody started his 50th career game, 38 of which have come in the last three years with the Texans. Cody intercepted a pass to thwart Cleveland’s two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

* ILB Brian Cushing registered his second sack of the season when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for no gain in the second quarter. The sack gave Cushing 7.5 for his career.

* Cushing led the team with seven tackles, including four solos, to go along with his sack, one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. It was the seventh time this season that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

* TE Owen Daniels caught a 12-yard pass in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 62.

* FS Quintin Demps made his second career interception and his first as a Texan when he picked off Cleveland QB Colt McCoy late in the second quarter and returned it 42 yards. His previous interception came on 11/1/09 vs. the New York Giants as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

* Demps’ 42-yard return was the Texans’ longest of the season, bettering a 38-yard return by CB Brice McCain on 10/23 at Tennessee.

* RB Arian Foster registered his 13th career 100-yard game and his fourth of the season. He topped 100 yards on his 11th carry of the game and finished with 124 yards on 19 carries.

* Foster has topped 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games and in 10 of his 13 career starts at Reliant Stadium.

* Foster scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter. The touchdown was the 24th of his career, which moved him into first place on the franchise all-time record list. He entered the game tied with Domanick Williams with 23 career rushing TDs apiece.

* Foster also surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards on his 11th carry of the day. He entered the game with 2,405 career yards.

* Foster caught his 100th career pass when he hauled in his fourth of the day, a 7-yard gain.

* CB Kareem Jackson registered a career-high two passes defensed in the game to go along with five solo tackles, including one for loss.

* WR Jacoby Jones surpassed 1,500 career receiving yards with his first catch of the game, a 16-yard gain. He entered the game with 1,491 career yards. Jones finished the game with 1,519 career receiving yards and 1,600 punt return yards, becoming the first Texans player with 1,500 yards receiving and in punt returns.

* Jones returned a punt in the second quarter 50 yards. It was his second return of the season of 50 or more yards and his third of 40 or longer.

* CB Sherrick McManis saw action at kick returner for the second time in his career and first time this season, finishing with a career-high 67 yards on three returns. He had one return for 25 yards last season on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore.

* K Neil Rackers made his 250th career field goal when he hit from 50 yards out in the fourth quarter.

* Rookie OLB Brooks Reed notched a sack in his third consecutive game when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter.

* Reed registered his second sack of the game when he tackled McCoy for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter. It marked Reed’s first career multi-sack game.

* ILB DeMeco Ryans forced a fumble on Cleveland’s opening play. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

* Ryans started the 79th game of his career, which moved him into a tie with Dunta Robinson for the fifth-most in team history.

* QB Matt Schaub scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive game when he ran in from the 2-yard line. The touchdown gave Schaub four career rushing touchdowns.

* Schaub saw his streak of 104 consecutive pass attempts without an interception broken when a deep pass intended for TE Owen Daniels was tipped and intercepted by Cleveland LB D’Qwell Jackson. Schaub’s streak was the second-longest in team history behind his own streak of 110 in a row from 11/4/10-12/2/10.

* RB Ben Tate surpassed 100 rushing yards on his ninth carry of the game, a 1-yard gain. He finished with 115 yards on 15 carries, giving him his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

* Tate scored his second career touchdown on a 27-yard run on Houston’s opening drive. The 27-yard run was the longest of his career.

* Tate registered his 100th career carry on the first play of the second quarter, a gain of 24. It was Tate’s third rushing attempt of the day.

* WR Kevin Walter caught the 300th pass of his career when he hauled in a 5-yard throw on Houston’s opening drive. Walter entered the game with 299 career receptions.

* RB Derrick Ward surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards on his final carry of the day, a 9-yard gain. He entered the game needing 17 yards to surpass the milestone.

* Rookie DE J.J. Watt recovered a fumble on Cleveland’s first play of the game. It was his second fumble recovery of the season. His first came in the season opener vs. Indianapolis (9/11).

* Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.


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Texans-Ravens Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 12, 2011 – 6:24 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Baltimore Ravens:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
FB James Casey (chest), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), QB Matt Schaub (r. shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
G Mike Brisiel (ankle/knee), LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), RB Arian Foster (quad), CB Brandon Harris (hamstring), WR Bryant Johnson (hamstring), CB Brice McCain (hamstring/concussion), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring/knee), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), RB Ben Tate (groin/Achilles), RB Derrick Ward (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Jason Allen (knee/groin), G Thomas Austin (knee), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (knee)

Ravens

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
CB Chris Carr (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
RB Anthony Allen (thigh), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), G Ben Grubbs (toe), S Haruki Nakamura (knee), WR David Reed (shoulder), S Tom Zbikowski (head)

Full Participation in Practice
None


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Texans-Raiders inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 9, 2011 – 9:36 am

Hot off the presses, here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
13 QB T.J. Yates
22 CB Sherrick McManis
32 RB Derrick Ward
52 LB Tim Dobbins
61 G Thomas Austin
66 T Andrew Gardner
80 WR Andre Johnson

Texans starting lineup changes
Jacoby Jones will start at wide receiver for Andre Johnson.

Raiders inactives
18 WR Louis Murphy
35 CB Chimdi Chekwa
37 CB Chris Johnson
45 FB Marcel Reece
75 T Stephon Heyer
77 DE Matt Shaugnessy
82 TE Richard Gordon

Raiders starting lineup changes
Jarvis Moss will start at defensive  end for Matt Shaugnessy. DeMarcus Van Dyke will start at cornerback for Chris Johnson.


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Texans-Raiders Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 7, 2011 – 2:44 pm

Here’s the Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Oakland Raiders:

Texans

Out
WR Andre Johnson (hamstring/DNP)

Doubtful
LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring/DNP)

Questionable
CB Kareem Jackson (knee/limited), WR Bryant Johnson (hamstring/DNP), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring/DNP), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring/limited), RB Ben Tate (groin/limited), RB Derrick Ward (ankle/shoulder/limited)

Probable
CB Jason Allen (knee/full), G Thomas Austin (knee/full), RB Arian Foster (hip/full), WR Jacoby Jones (knee/full), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/full), CB Brice McCain (groin/full), C Chris Myers (elbow/ankle/full), DE Antonio Smith (ankle/full), LB Mario Williams (elbow/full)

Raiders

Out
TE Richard Gordon (hand/DNP), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring/DNP), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder/DNP)

Doubtful
None

Questionable
LB Ricky Brown (concussion/DNP), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring/DNP), S Michael Huff (ankle/limited), WR Louis Murphy (groin/limited), RB Marcel Reece (ankle/DNP)

Probable
S Jerome Boyd (knee/full), S Tyvon Branch (knee/full), RB Michael Bush (ankle/full), QB Jason Campbell (foot/limited), RB Taiwan Jones (calf/full), S Michael Mitchell (knee/full), DE Jarvis Moss (chest/limited)


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Texans-Raiders Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 6, 2011 – 3:51 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Oakland Raiders:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), RB Ben Tate (groin), RB Derrick Ward (ankle/shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Bryant Johnson (hamstring), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), CB Brice McCain (groin), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring), LB Mario Williams (elbow)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Jason Allen (knee), G Thomas Austin (knee), RB Arian Foster (hip), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow/ankle), DE Antonio Smith (ankle)

Raiders

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Ricky Brown (concussion), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chris Johnson (groin), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
S Tyvon Branch (knee), QB Jason Campbell (foot), S Michael Huff (ankle), DE Jarvis Moss (chest), WR Louis Murphy (groin)

Full Participation in Practice
S Jerome Byrd (knee), RB Michael Bush (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (calf), S Michael Mitchell (knee)


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Texans-Raiders Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 5, 2011 – 3:48 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Oakland Raiders:

Texans

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), RB Ben Tate (groin), RB Derrick Ward (ankle/shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), CB Brice McCain (groin), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice
G Thomas Austin (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow/ankle), DE Antonio Smith (ankle)

Raiders

Out
None

Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Ricky Brown (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chris Johnson (groin), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
QB Jason Campbell (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Michael Huff (ankle), DE Jarvis Moss (chest), WR Louis Murphy (groin)

Full Participation in Practice
S Jerome Byrd (knee), RB Michael Bush (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (calf), S Michael Mitchell (knee)


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