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Houston Texans News: December 12, 2013

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 12, 2013.

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Houston Texans News

Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate not thinking next year | ProFootballTalk
For teams and players out of the playoff race, the last three weeks are about an eye to the future, and changes that are coming. But even though the next three weeks could be his last in Houston, Texans running back Ben Tate said he’s trying to keep those thoughts at arm’s length.

Texans running back Ben Tate keeps playing despite four broken ribs | The MMQB with Peter King
HOUSTON — It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in early December, and a young Vietnamese man known to his clients as Dr. Ho presses his fingers against the muscled back of Ben Tate. The 220-pound 25-year-old bites into a white towel to muffle his screams.

Baylor coach Art Briles attends practice
Baylor head football coach Art Briles was at the Texans' practice facility on Wednesday.

Wade Phillips lobbying for Houston Texans job? -
Wade Phillips has taken over as interim coach for the third time in his career. Does he have a chance to hold onto the Houston Texans job in 2014 and beyond?

Texans Should Consider Baylor’s Art Briles " CBS Houston
College football coaches having great success could mean more opportunities in the NFL. We have a name for you!

Wade Phillips attacks Texans' penalty issue in practice - ESPN
HOUSTON -- Responding to a game in which the Houston Texans set a franchise record by committing 14 penalties for 177 yards, interim head coach Wade Phillips...

J.J. Watt leads Pro Bowl voting for defensive linemen
One current Texans player and three former members of the team are the leading Pro Bowl vote-getters at their positions.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

2013 Winter Meetings: Astros Draft LHP Patrick Schuster...No, wait - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros and Padres swapped places in the Rule 5 draft last night. The Padres got Schuster and the Astros passed on the major league phase.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets and Blazers face off in Portland tonight. The Blazers currently hold the top spot in the Western Conference, while the Rockets sit fifth.

Mack Brown may be digging in and Nick Saban is making Alabama officials "uncomfortable" - Burnt Orange Nation
Catching up on all the latest as Texas Longhorns fans wait for something new to break with head coach Mack Brown and a Nick Saban development that has Alabama Crimson Tide officials feeling "uncomfortable."

Internet Rumors Swirl: Baker Mayfield to Transfer? - Viva The Matadors
Twitter and the internet, yes the entire internet, indicate that QB Baker Mayfield is set to transfer from Texas Tech.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Do you expect to see any noticeable difference in the #Texans' play on Sunday now that Kubiak has been fired? #TTTQ

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