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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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Andre Johnson practices as Texans weigh quarterback options | ProFootballTalk
The good news for the Texans passing game is that wide receiver Andre Johnson returned to practice on Wednesday after missing last week while recovering from a concussion.

Texans won't reveal starting QB vs. Ravens before Sunday, Bill O'Brien says - Baltimore Sun
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't revealing who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens.

Owen Daniels Wants To Prove Texans Wrong
Tight end Owen Daniels has been big for the Ravens this year stepping in for injured Dennis Pitta.

Texans report: Fans vote Watt top defender for Pro Bowl - Houston Chronicle
People like J.J. Watt.

Keenum eager to make most of second chance with Texans - Houston Chronicle
The Texans need to defeat Baltimore on Sunday to keep their slimmest of playoff hopes alive. But they began practice Wednesday not having a clue as to whether Case Keenum, who's receiving an improbable "dream come true" second chance, or Thad Lewis will be their starting quarterback.

Texans still hold Ravens’ Gary Kubiak in high esteem - Ultimate Texans
Arian Foster has rebounded in 2014 under first-year Texans coach Bill O’Brien. But Foster made his NFL name under ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who now serves as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator.

Dear #Texans: Please Let Kam Franklin Sing the National Anthem | Houston Press
In accord with the time-honored tradition, before every Houston Texans football contest at NRG Stadium, someone is trotted onto the...

O'Brien explains Lewis, Keenum strengths
Bill O'Brien shared his thoughts on the strengths quarterbacks Case Keenum and Thad Lewis possess.

Around the League

Bears bench Jay Cutler, will start Jimmy Clausen - SBNation.com
Marc Trestman has benched the highest-paid offensive player in football.

Michigan reportedly offers Jim Harbaugh $8 million per year - SBNation.com
That would make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football.

There's something different about Tony Romo and the Cowboys - SBNation.com
Dallas has moved beyond its December swoons and is galloping toward the playoffs. Their success on the field starts in the locker room, where Tony Romo has done something few NFL quarterbacks can claim.

49ers release Ray McDonald - SBNation.com
San Francisco parted ways with the veteran defensive end on Wednesday after rape allegations were reported.

The Browns didn't do much to help Johnny Manziel - SBNation.com
Johnny Football's first NFL start didn't go very well. Beyond his rookie mistakes, the Browns failed him on several levels too. Retirned NFL defensive end Stephen White explains.

3 plays from Week 15 that could decide the NFL playoff picture - SBNation.com
Golden Tate, Le'Veon Bell, and Drew Brees came up big when their teams needed a spark in Week 15.

NFL picks, Week 16: Broncos, Patriots should clinch 1st-round byes - SBNation.com
Who will take control of the NFC West in the Seahawks-Cardinals matchup? Can the Steelers beat the Chiefs and secure a playoff spot? Our experts give their picks for those games and the rest of the Week 16 slate.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Wednesday's Three Astros Things - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking about Cuba, Mark Appel and Mark Appel...

Another OT win for the Rockets, another 40+ point night for James Harden - The Dream Shake
The Beard continued his dominant run,

Five-star LB Malik Jefferson still pondering decision - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns got some good news on Tuesday regarding the Mesquite Poteet star.

Red Raider Gridiron: Joseph Clark Joins Texas Tech; Breiden Fehoko's Senior Highlights; Ben Hicks to Decide Friday; Tony Brown to Decide Today - Viva The Matadors
Mid-term signee Joseph Clark joins the Texas Tech football family. Plus, we have updates on a few players who are set to decide on their college choice, QB Ben Hicks & WR Tony Brown.

Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6 - Frogs O' War
The Longhorns remain No. 1, but how close are fellow contenders, Kansas and Iowa State from taking over the throne?

Desmine Hilliard and Devin Chafin Both Cleared for Cotton Bowl - Our Daily Bears
Some extremely welcome news for the Baylor offense this morning: Desmine Hilliard and Devin Chafin have both been cleared to play.

5-star WR Christian Kirk Commits to Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
Another huge pickup for Kevin Sumlin

Jordan Hicks, John Harris and Malcom Brown Will Not Return in 2015 - Who Will Replace Them? - Barking Carnival
The Longhorns best linebacker, receiver and defensive tackle will forego the opportunity to return in 2015 and take their chances with the NFL draft. It's the right decision for all three. Brown...

Houston Aims to Sign Cubo Torres - Dynamo Theory
According to Ives Galarcep, Houston is the frontrunner to land the Mexican International once MLS finalizes a league contract for a reported $7.5m.

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