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Houston Texans News: October 16, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, October 16, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans tight ends left empty-handed in offense - Houston Chronicle
In a happy Texans locker room after the Oakland game, a reporter kidded Garrett Graham about the indignity of having to share the wealth at tight end with defensive end J.J. Watt.

Texans' Jadeveon Clowney 50-50 shot to play on 'MNF' -
The 2014 No. 1 overall pick is at the five-week mark in his recovery from knee surgery, but Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien thinks Jadeveon Clowney might be ready to go for "Monday Night Football."

Texans report: O'Brien still on fence about Clowney's return - Houston Chronicle
On Friday and again on Tuesday, coach Bill O'Brien said outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was "50-50" to play at Pittsburgh. He called Clowney's availability for the Monday night game "iffy."

Texans focus on limiting big plays at Pittsburgh | FOX Sports
Texans focus on limiting big plays at Pittsburgh.

Texans Quotes: Wednesday media session
Read quotes as Texans players and coaches spoke to the media on Wednesday.

Around the League

Tony Romo's magic trick revealed -
Against all odds, Tony Romo kept the Cowboys alive with a 23-yard pass to Terrance Williams on third-and-20. Danny Kelly takes a closer look at how he did it.

NFL picks, Week 7: Broncos expected to roll over 49ers -
Can the Cowboys continue their surge with a victory over the Giants? Will the Raiders or Jaguars ever get a win? SB Nation's expert panel weighs in with their picks for Week 7.

5 things we learned from ESPN's Jim Irsay report -
The Colts owner's longtime struggle with addiction is the subject of an in-depth report from ESPN this week. Here are the highlights.

The Steelers are flunking chemistry 101 -
The Pittsburgh Steelers are at the bottom of the AFC North standings following an alarming blowout loss to the Cleveland Browns. Here's one major cause for concern.

Uffsides: NFL Week 7 previews and picks -
Uffsides is the only NFL show that sides with the players who shoplift underwear and cologne (those items are egregiously overpriced).

Colin Kaepernick didn't use a racial slur, still fined by the NFL -
Colin Kaepernick was still fined by the NFL despite the league admitting the quarterback didn't use a racial slur, and no one is quite sure why.

The problem with rookie quarterbacks -
Three rookie quarterbacks lost on Sunday in a variety of ways, which is the latest example of why one player isn't going to turn a team around in his first year.

Houston & Collegiate Sport

Highlights from Jeff Luhnow's takeover of the Astros' Twitter account - The Crawfish Boxes
Highlights from the #AskLuhnow session conducted by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Jason Terry vs. Nick Johnson; Mitchell and Covington to D-League? - Rocket Fuel - The Dream Shake
We roundup the best Rockets stories from around the web, every day, in Rocket Fuel

New Texas C Taylor Doyle finally emerging as contributor - Burnt Orange Nation
Up until several months ago, it looked like the Lake Travis product would come and go from the Longhorns program without making a mark, but it's finally happening.

Red Raider Gridiron: Ward at WF Rider; More Uniform Surprises; Bustin Waiting - Viva The Matadors
Former Red Raider footballer Eric Ward is at his old high school coaching, but looking to continue his playing career. The DT interviewed the equipment manager & says there will be more uniform surprises. K Ryan Bustin hasn't had many opportunities.

TCU's Trevone Boykin and Paul Dawson Named To Maxwell, Bednarik Watch Lists - Frogs O' War
Trevone Boykin was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, while Paul Dawson was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Projecting the Big 12's 2014 conference race using advanced stats -
TCU playing at a top-10 level has given the Big 12 race three virtual co-favorites. Week 8 will tell us whether things will stay that way, or whether a darkhorse still has a shot.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at Alabama - Good Bull Hunting
*tap tap* Hey is this thing still on?Well Ags, the past two weeks haven't been pretty. We're packing up our things and never thinking about the State of Mississippi again.Our path forward lies in...

The Texas Pregamer: Iowa State - Barking Carnival
Gentlemen - we did it. I know we've got that mission accomplished banner layin' around here somewhere. Just give us a few minutes to dust it off. A wise man once said, good coaches win, great...