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Houston Texans News: October 29, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

7 Eagles will have a homecoming in Houston against Texans on Sunday (PHOTOS) |
Seven of the Eagles current 53 players, or over 13 percent of the roster, at one time played for the Houston Texans.

Houston Texans release Elbert Mack - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans didn't make any trades at the trade deadline, but announced some shuffling Tuesday at the bottom of the roster.

Ex-Texan Case Keenum released by Rams - Ultimate Texans
Case Keenum is out of a job again.

J.J. Watt delivers Papa John's Pizza to fans
That’s how Watt spent his Tuesday, the Texans’ only off-day: preparing and delivering pizzas, all for a good cause.

Playoff contention not out of question for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Unless they are derailed by injuries, the Texans have no excuse not to be a better team over the second half of the season.

Darren Sproles of Philadelphia Eagles says he expects to play vs. Houston Texans - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles told reporters Tuesday that he expects to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Around the League

NFL trade deadline: Bucs trade Mark Barron, Jonathan Casillas -
The Bucs were busy as predicted at the deadline, but ended up keeping some players most rumored to leave.

Geno Smith and the Jets can learn a lot from Kyle Orton and the Bills -
It took Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills years to find stability and start winning games. There's a lesson in there for the Jets and Geno Smith.

Justin Houston is the Hoss of the Week -
The Chiefs pass rusher terrorized the Rams last Sunday. His effort earned him Stephen White's Hoss of the Week award.

Washington should deal RG3, pick up Jordan Shipley and other trade deadline moves -
It's the NFL trade deadline, and we've got some great ideas for trades that should happen.

Chart Party: Heinz Field, where offensive football was killed and reborn in one weekend -
Last weekend, we witnessed one of the greatest performances in football history and one of its grandest catastrophes on the same field. If we can't truly understand it, let's at least discuss it.

Champ Bailey retiring marks end to storied Broncos and NFL career - Mile High Report
The countdown to Champ Bailey's induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame starts now.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Podcast: Brett Phillips an $20 million to spend - The Crawfish Boxes
Interview with Brett Phillips followed by discussion regarding the Astros new coaching staff, spending $20 million in free agency and an Arizona Fall League update.

Rockets vs. Lakers final score: Houston dominates Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles - The Dream Shake
The Rockets are 1-0 after James Harden dominated Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on national TV.

The best 100 players in college basketball -
College basketball is around the corner. These are the top players in the country.

The Deafening Silence of Texas Tech Football - Viva The Matadors
Sensory overload is common in chaotic situations; the sights and sounds that surround can overwhelm. But on Saturday, one sound in particular caught my attention, and I can't shake its emptiness.

TCU Horned Frogs Come in at No.7 in first ever College Football Playoff Rankings - Frogs O' War
The TCU Horned Frogs come in at No. 7 in the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings, just ahead of Michigan State and just behind Alabama.

First Look: Kansas Jayhawks - Our Daily Bears
Taking a short break from CFB Playoff angst to talk about Baylor's next opponent: the Kansas Jayhawks.

First Glance: ULM at Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
Enough of the past...Let's look ahead to this weekend.

Study Hall: Kansas State 23, Texas 0 - Football Study Hall
Advanced stats from Kansas State's 23-0 win over Texas on Saturday in Manhattan.