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Houston Texans News: December 16, 2014

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Houston Texans News

A Plea To The Texans: Let J.J. Watt Play Quarterback
The Texans have gone through three quarterbacks this season: Ryan Mallett tore his pectoral muscle, Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg, and rookie Tom Savage hurt his knee after replacing Fitzpatrick yesterday.

Case Keenum will return to the Texans - Ultimate Texans
Case Keenum is returning to the Texans.

J.J. Watt for NFL MVP? Texans' star is battling history
Watt trying to become defender since 1986 to win top award.

Texans lament injury to ‘brother’ after Fitzpatrick’s season ends early - Ultimate Texans
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s unexpected exit left the Texans in a tough spot. It also touched the hearts of a team that has rallied around their veteran quarterback since training camp.

Watt finds record books again, despite loss
J.J. Watt's two sacks and one batted pass got his name in the record books for a few reasons on Sunday.

Texans award $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants
The Houston Texans Foundation awarded $40,000 in PLAY 60 grants to four local schools during the 2014 season.

Andre Johnson likely to play vs. Ravens
Andre Johnson will likely return to the starting lineup for the Texans against Baltimore, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Around the League

Monday Night Football results: Saints improve to 6-8, take NFC South lead -
It's been a rough season in Chicago and that trend continued on Monday where the Bears struggled to get anything going on offense while the Saints ran out to a 24-0 lead. Chicago did score eventually, but New Orleans moved into the NFC South lead.

Stars align for the Cowboys -
The Cowboys have finally broken free from their 8-8 ways, thanks to their superstar foursome -- Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten. With a crucial win Sunday over the Eagles, the only question now is how far they take Dallas.

MMBM Week 15: Let Johnny Manziel play drunk -
This column is written for and by a REAL fan of the NFL. Its designed to be read on your Monday Morning commode break after a long Sunday eating bad-for-you food and drinking beers.

Browns player gives passionate statement after police demand apology -
Receiver Andrew Hawkins doesn't believe a "call for justice" should offend anyone.

Phone call shows NFL executive promised Adrian Peterson 2-game suspension -
A phone call shows Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, promised Adrian Peterson a two-game suspension.

DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery on broken hand -
The NFL's leading rusher has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, however.

Jay Gruden told he will return to Washington in 2015, per report -
A Gruden return would likely signal the end of RGIII in Washington.

Joe Philbin's 'fate seems sealed,' likely to be fired, per report -
Joe Philbin's future with the Dolphins looks to be coming to a close after three seasons with the team.

RG3 will start for injured Colt McCoy -
Another week, another change at quarterback in Washington.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Jed Lowrie signs with Astros for 3 years, $23 million - The Crawfish Boxes
Former Astro infielder Jed Lowrie returns to Houston with a 3-Year deal.

Can James Harden actually win the MVP? - The Dream Shake
Why James Harden deserves the MVP award more than Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol.

Top-10 OT Toby Weathersby decommits from the Texas Longhorns - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns just lost their highest-rated commit at a need position.

Red Raider Gridiron: Considering the Hawaiian Pipeline - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech may be developing a pipeline to Hawaii, a state that has players that are traditionally under-recruited and not as well known as players from the mainland.

Red Raider Gridiron: Considering the Hawaiian Pipeline - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech may be developing a pipeline to Hawaii, a state that has players that are traditionally under-recruited and not as well known as players from the mainland.

TCU Adds No. 21 To 2015 Recruiting Class - Frogs O' War
TCU flipped Rice commit Sam Awolope, an offensive tackle from Missouri City, Texas.

Final Regular Season Advanced Stat Rankings: The Big 12 Conference - Our Daily Bears
Taking a final look at how the Big 12 stacks up against itself through the eyes of F/+, FEI, and S&P+.

Daily Bull 12.15.14 - Good Bull Hunting
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2015 Texas Longhorns Football Recruiting: LB Cecil Cherry Commits to Texas - Barking Carnival
Punishing Florida linebacker Cecil Cherry committed to the Texas Longhorns, giving the 2015 class a physical, punishing inside thumper with bad intentions and a highlight film that resembles felony...

DaMarcus Beasley announces USMNT Retirement - Dynamo Theory
After 17 years and four World Cups under his belt, Beasley walks away from the national team as one of the best midfielders and defenders to wear the red, white, and blue.

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