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Texans-Broncos inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 26, 2010 – 1:47 pm

Hot off the presses, here are the inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver. Kickoff is at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
9 QB Matt Leinart (third quarterback)
21 CB Brice McCain
69 DT DeMario Pressley
71 G Shelley Smith
77 DE Jarvis Green
80 WR Andre Johnson
87 TE Anthony Hill
88 TE Garrett Graham

Texans starting lineup changes

Jacoby Jones will start at wide receiver for Johnson, who is out with an ankle injury. Darryl Sharpton will start at middle linebacker. Zac Diles will start at weakside linebacker. Troy Nolan will start at free safety.

Broncos inactives
8 QB Kyle Orton (third quarterback)
26 RB Laurence Maroney
29 CB Chevis Jackson
31 S Darcel McBath
63 OL Jeff Byers
64 OL Stanley Daniels
69 OL Eric Olsen
88 WR DeMaryius Thomas

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Dreessen wins Ed Block Award

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 24, 2010 – 12:36 pm

Tight end Joel Dreessen has been voted by his teammates as the winner of the Texans’ 2010 Ed Block Courage Award. Since 1984, the award has honored one player from every NFL team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

Dreessen overcame offseason surgery for tears to his right labrum and rotator-cuff, which he played through in 2009, to make it back in time for the first day of training camp this offseason. He has started eight games and posted career-highs in receptions (31), yards (434) and touchdowns (4). 

Previous Texans who have won the Ed Block Courage Award are linebacker Zac Diles (2009), wide receiver Harry Williams (2008), defensive end Anthony Weaver (2007), linebacker Kailee Wong (2006), wide receiver Jabar Gaffney (2005), defensive tackle Seth Payne (2004), cornerback Aaron Glenn (2003) and cornerback Jason Bell (2002).

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Texans-Titans Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 24, 2010 – 4:04 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans:



Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), DE Jesse Nading (knee), DE Mario Williams (groin)

Limited Participation in Practice

Full Participation in Practice
LB Kevin Bentley (shoulder, knee), LB Zac Diles (illness), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), QB Matt Schaub (knee), CB Glover Quin (hand), LS Jon Weeks (knee)

Notes: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after practice that Williams will play on Sunday. Kubiak said that Daniels is day-to-day again this week. This was Johnson’s first Wednesday practice in quite some time, and he said afterward that “there’s been a lot of progress made” with his sprained right ankle.



Did Not Participate in Practice
DE Dave Ball (concussion), K Rob Bironas (rt. groin), WR Kenny Britt (hamstring), DT Tony Brown (knee), QB Kerry Collins (calf), DT Jason Jones (knee), TE Craig Stevens (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice

Full Participation in Practice

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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 22, 2010 – 4:57 pm

Texans coach Gary Kubiak met with the media Monday for his regularly-scheduled day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT at Reliant Stadium.

Here are the highlights:

  • The Texans are sticking with Frank Bush as defensive coordinator. Asked how he can justify that given the way the defense has struggled, Kubiak said: “Because I believe in him. I think we played much better defense yesterday. I think if we finished the game, we’d be talking about how much better we were.”
  • On the 42-yard pass to Braylon Edwards that set up Santonio Holmes’ game-deciding touchdown, cornerback Jason Allen was covering Edwards inside. Kubiak was asked if Allen should have been outside to prevent Edwards from getting out of bounds. “We’re playing two-man, and he was not supposed to be on the outside,” Kubiak said. “He’s working his inside hip, we’re in trail all the way, but we’ve got to stay with him. And obviously as the safety (Eugene Wilson), we can keep our width and not get so involved with the inside route. So, we can play the coverage better.”
  • Quarterback Matt Schaub did not suffer any setbacks in his injured right knee against the Jets. Kubiak called Schaub’s performance “very gutsy,” noting that Schaub “missed a lot of practice time and had a swollen knee and we were playing against a hell of a group.”
  • Kubiak on the Texans’ slow offensive start and if he has considered going up-tempo all game: “(The Jets) had given up, I think, 71 points in the first nine games in the first half, so this is a pretty good football team. You can’t get frustrated … We found a way to score 27 points. We should find a way to win the game.”
  • With 19 seconds left in the first half, the Texans got to the Jets’ 39-yard line on a long catch by Arian Foster. Instead of calling their final timeout, they hurried to the line of scrimmage and ran a play. It was an incomplete pass that left :01 on the clock. Schaub was sacked on the next play, ending the half and giving the Texans zero points on the drive. “I wanted us to spike the ball,” Kubiak explained. “I was trying to get that relayed to Matt, to spike the ball. There would’ve been about 11 seconds left… I was not going to try a field goal from there because I thought the ball wasn’t carrying that way… I would’ve loved to have the timeout and the 11 seconds to run another play, but we didn’t get that done, so I wish I would’ve called it.”
  • Kubiak said that Wilson will continue to start at free safety. Backup safety Troy Nolan got about 30 snaps on Sunday and will continue to be in mix. Rookie linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who started for Zac Diles (illness) on Sunday, is “going to play a great deal” moving forward.
  • Kubiak, on what he would say to “exasperated” fans who have given up on the season: “I would tell them that we sure as hell aren’t giving up. There’s a lot of football left to play.”

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Texans-Jets Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 19, 2010 – 3:36 pm

Here’s the Friday injury report for the Texans and New York Jets:


TE Owen Daniels (hamstring/DNP), DE Jesse Nading (knee/DNP)


LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring/full), Zac Diles (illness/DNP), QB Matt Schaub (knee/full)

DE Mark Anderson (arm/full), LB Kevin Bentley (knee/full), G Mike Brisiel (ribs, knee/full), DT Shaun Cody (knee/full), RB Arian Foster (no injury/DNP), CB Kareem Jackson (full/shin), WR Andre Johnson (ankle/limited), LB Stanford Keglar (quad/full), C Chris Myers (shoulder/limited), P Matt Turk (r. hip, limited), WR Kevin Walter (knee/full), DE Mario Williams (groin/limited)


DB Marquice Cole (hamstring/DNP), WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin/DNP), DB Dwight Lowery (concussion/DNP)



LB David Harris (calf/limited) OL Nick Mangold (shoulder/full), LB Josh Mauga (hamstring/full), LB Calvin Pace (foot/full), DB Darrelle Revis (hamstring/full), QB Mark Sanchez (calf/full), OL Matt Slauson (knee/full), WR Brad Smith (low back/limited), DB Eric Smith (ankle/full), OL Damien Woody (knee/full)

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Texans-Jets Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 18, 2010 – 4:56 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and New York Jets:



Did Not Participate in Practice
TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), LB Zac Diles (illness), DE Jesse Nading (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice
WR Andre Johnson (ankle), C Chris Myers (shoulder), QB Matt Schaub (knee), P Matt Turk (r. hip), DE Mario Williams (groin)

Full Participation in Practice
LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring), DE Mark Anderson (arm), LB Kevin Bentley (knee), G Mike Brisiel (ribs, knee), DT Shaun Cody (knee), CB Kareem Jackson (shin), LB Stanford Keglar (quad), WR Kevin Walter (knee)

Notes: Schaub returned to practice after being hospitalized Tuesday with a bursa sac issue in his right knee. head coach Gary Kubiak said that Diles should return tomorrow. Myers is a new arrival on the injury report. Johnson did not practice on Wednesday.


DB Dwight Lowery (concussion)

Did Not Participate in Practice
DB Marquice Cole (hamstring), WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin)

Limited Participation in Practice
OL Matt Slauson (knee), DB Eric Smith (ankle)

Full Participation in Practice
OL Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Josh Mauga (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot), DB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), RB Tony Richardson (no injury), QB Mark Sanchez (calf), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (no injury), OL Damien Woody (knee)

Notes: Lowery was ruled out today. Sanchez was limited in practice on Wednesday. Richardson, Slauson, Smith and Tomlinson did not participate on Wednesday.

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A few early Thursday tidbits

Posted by drewdougherty on November 11, 2010 – 11:01 am

We’ll be live again around 1 pm today with head coach Gary Kubiak’s post-practice media session, so make sure you check it out at Texans TV.

Later today we’ll have some more from tight ends Joel Dreessen and James Casey, as they discussed the Jaguars defense, and we’ll also hear Zac Diles’ thoughts on bringing down Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle isn’t saying that Kareem Jackson is Hall of Famer Darrell Green, but Darrell Green is saying to give the rookie some space/time to grow.

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Locker room Wednesday notes

Posted by drewdougherty on November 10, 2010 – 6:10 pm

Wednesday in the locker room…

  • Defensive end Antonio Smith smiled, shook his head, and explained that Jaguars’ David Garrard is one of the toughest quarterbacks to get a good hit on, and that he’s incredibly shifty.
  • Smith also thinks the Texans are at “a crossroads” with this weekend’s game in Jacksonville.
  • Tight end James Casey said everyone is disappointed, but still working towards getting a win. He also was enthused about being able to contribute to the offense last week against the Chargers.
  • Linebacker Zac Diles said Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the better running backs in the league, and that he’s a tough load to bring down.
  • Quarterback Matt Schaub was asked a couple of times about his rib injury and the amount of pain he felt during the game Sunday, but he shrugged all that talk off by repeating that he’s “fine”.
  • Schaub, as well as tight end Joel Dreessen, was very complimentary of the Jacksonville defense. Schaub said they’re “very physical” and that their “scheme presents a lot of challenges”.
  • Running back Arian Foster said the team isn’t thinking about going 8-0, but rather, going 1-0. He, along with linebacker Brian Cushing, thinks they need to focus on what’s in front of them instead of getting ahead of themselves.

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Defense notes from Friday locker room

Posted by drewdougherty on October 29, 2010 – 3:53 pm

Friday in the locker room, defensive lineman Antonio Smith was asked all about the players-only meeting that he called earlier in the week. Although ‘players-only’ usually draws attention, Smith was fairly nonchalant about it, and said he’s been involved in players-only meetings in nearly every season of his NFL career.

According to Smith, he “basically wanted to give a little bit of the knowledge I have” to some of the younger players and tell them what he’s been through.

Nick Scurfield will have a bit more on today’s conversation a little later.

Also, linebacker Zac Diles discussed the adjustment so far in the linebacking corps, now that Brian Cushing moved from the strongside to the middle, and Kevin Bentley is manning the strongside. Diles said the change hasn’t been drastic, and that everyone and everything is working in a fairly smooth manner.

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Quick hits from the Wednesday locker room session

Posted by drewdougherty on October 13, 2010 – 4:25 pm

  • Quarterback Matt Schaub said he thinks the return of Jacoby Jones will help with the flow of the offense. Jones was inactive on Sunday with a calf injury.
  • Jones talked with reporters Wednesday at his locker, and compared himself to the Wolverine (not to be confused with “WOLVERINES!!!!” or Wolverines), saying that he thinks he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game. He also thinks playing, then having the bye week off to rest will help as well.
  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson said his ankle is fine, but that he’ll continue to wear the brace until it feels like it did when it was 100%. He too, said he’s eager to have Jacoby Jones back in the offense.
  • Safety Troy Nolan was asked if he and his teammates in the secondary take their struggles personally, and he emphatically said that they do.
  • Cornerback Brice McCain talked about technique, and he said he and his fellow corners aren’t messing up when it comes to technique.
  • Antonio Smith is impressed with what Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has done, and thinks Sunday’s game is huge for a variety of reasons.
  • According to linebacker Zac Diles, he and the linebackers will have their hands full with running backs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, as well as Kansas City tight end Tony Moeaki.
  • When asked about Kansas City’s offense, strong safety Bernard Pollard was quick to say that he and his teammates need to worry about their own defense, and the need to make improvements.

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