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Houston Texans News: December 12, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 12, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Rick Smith on Clowney's recovery
General manager and executive vice president Rick Smith is optimistic about Clowney's prognosis following the outside linebacker's season-ending surgery on Monday.

Thursday Injury Report: Texans vs. Colts
Latest injury update following Thursday's practice.

Colts take aim at Texans RB Arian Foster
The Indianapolis defense has focused on stopping the rush all season, but the Texans' running back poses a different challenge.

OLB John Simon making most of opportunities
The outside linebacker, signed off of the Baltimore Raven Practice squad on October 7, is getting noticed with his contributions on the field.

Houston Texans' physicality will be key against Colts' T.Y. Hilton - ESPN
The Indianapolis receiver has 611 yards and six touchdowns in his five games against Houston.

Garrett Graham, Andre Johnson, Whitney Mericlus miss practice again - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Houston Texans battling injuries as team prepares for game against Indianapolis Colts.

Houston Texans up against Indianapolis Colts' divisional dominance - ESPN
HOUSTON -- No team in the league has dominated a division opponent quite like the Indianapolis Colts have dominated the Houston Texans.

Around the League

NFL salary cap due for 'substantial increase' in 2015 -
The NFL owners came out of meetings Wednesday with an idea of the 2015 salary cap, but the NFL Players Association has a different opinion.

Cam Newton couldn't stop smiling after car accident -
Newton won't play Week 15 against the Buccaneers, but more importantly he is happy to have emerged from his Tuesday car wreck relatively unscathed.

Bears OC makes tearful apology after criticizing Jay Cutler -
There are more reports of turmoil in Chicago, and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer held a private meeting with the team to address his role in it.

Jeremy Hill replaces Giovani Bernard as starter, Colt McCoy expected to be cleared -
The Bengals are making a change at running back, Jay Gruden sounds confident McCoy will start this weekend and word has it that the Rams plan on bringing Sam Bradford back next season.

Breaking Madden: The quest for a 4-12 playoff team -
The NFC South is horrible. It could be worse, and it will be worse. Let's blow it to Hell.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

James Harden goes supernova, Rockets beat Kings 113-109 in OT - The Dream Shake
It started off real ugly, but Harden put the Rockets on his sore back to lead the Rockets past the Kings.

MLB Rule 5 draft: Astros lose Delino DeShields, Jr., David Rollins and Jandal Gustave - The Crawfish Boxes
Three of the 14 players who went in the Major League phase were from Houston's organization.

Well Mark Sherrod, It Was Fun While It Lasted. - Dynamo Theory
The Dynamo left injured rookie Mark Sherrod unprotected in the Expansion draft and he was selected by Orlando City. Now Houston fans are stuck wondering what if?

JUCO OT Brandon Hodges commits to the Texas Longhorns - Burnt Orange Nation
Let's ride.

Texans will be able to watch Johnny Manziel's first NFL start for Cleveland on Sunday - Good Bull Hunting
Fox Sports has expanded the coverage area for Cleveland-Cincinnati on Sunday.

Baylor OC Phillip Montgomery Named Head Coach at Tulsa University - Our Daily Bears
The Briles coaching tree branched again for the first time in a while, and Baylor will be looking for a new OC.

Revisiting Havoc Rate and the New Defensive Coordinator - Viva The Matadors
We reconsider the Texas Tech's defense and the havoc rate in light of a search for a new defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders.

Texans vs Colts coverage