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Houston Texans News: December 19, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Case Keenum looks like the Texans’ starter, by default | ProFootballTalk
The Texans have no good options at quarterback this week, as injuries have already cost them their original starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, their second starter Ryan Lindley, and their third starter Tom Savage. So who will their fourth starter be? It looks like Case Keenum, by default.

Texans ready for either QB, welcome Case Keenum’s return to action - Ultimate Texans
Texans players said Wednesday’s practice and Thursday’s morning preparation were normal — even if they don’t have an official starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Baltimore at NRG Stadium.

Texans report: Hopkins still dealing with ankle sprain - Houston Chronicle
Texans wide receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins might not be on the field together again this weekend when Baltimore comes to town.

NFL: Bills in Texans' corner in appraising Williams - Houston Chronicle
Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, "That's crazy."

As he readies for homecoming, Gary Kubiak expresses no bitterness toward Texans - Baltimore Sun
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak insists that he has great feelings toward the Houston Texans for giving him an opportunity to coach his hometown team.

Whitney Mercilus to return Sunday vs. Ravens
Whitney Mercilus is expected to start against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.

Around the League

'Thursday Night Football,' schedule and results: Jags get comeback win vs. Titans, 21-13 -
The Jaguars earned their third win of the season while the Titans' chances at getting the No. 1 draft pick improved with their 13th loss.

A eulogy for Jay Cutler, the best bad quarterback the Bears have ever had -
The Bears have turned to Jimmy Clausen to start Sunday against the Lions. This was not how the Jay Cutler era in Chicago was supposed to end.

6 good thoughts about bad* NFL teams -
... some teams that would at least qualify as mediocre. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White offers up his thoughts on NFL rules that don't make sense, the Dolphins' bad decisions, Julio Jones' health and more.

Breaking Madden: Johnny Manziel versus the arrow of time -
We have seen Johnny Manziel extend plays for several seconds. In this episode of Breaking Madden, we ask him to do so for an eternity.

NFL players whose names set them up for failure -
Grow up, Johnny Unitas.

The most interesting page in the Titans' playbook -
If any other team ran this play, it would be totally awesome. Stephen White walks us through some kind of weird downfield wide receiver screen pass.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

2015 Houston Astros: Villar Or Villar Not? - The Crawfish Boxes
With the acquisition of Jed Lowrie, and Carlos Correa reaching the high minors, what does this mean for Jonathan Villar and the Astros?

Rockets fall to Pelicans as Anthony Davis goes crazy - The Dream Shake
Anthony Davis went crazy as the Rockets fell to the Pelicans on Thursday night.

The three changes Texas is considering to improve football game-day experience - Burnt Orange Nation
The athletic director is looking to attract more fans by providing pre-game entertainment options at football games.

Quick Reaction: Texas Tech reels in 3-star S Christian Taylor - Viva The Matadors
Christian Taylor surprised everyone today by ending his recruitment and committing to the Red Raiders, becoming the 3rd commitment of the day. Here is another damn reaction thread

Walter Camp Award Names Gary Patterson Winner - Frogs O' War
Coach P will be hitting the banquet circuit hard this winter, as he picks up another coach of the year honor.

Baylor Football Prepares for the Cotton Bowl vs. Michigan State - Our Daily Bears
The Baylor Bears, defense and all, take back to the practice field to prepare for the 2015 Cotton Bowl.

Inside the Liberty Bowl: a Comprehensive Guide - Good Bull Hunting
A virtual tour of the site of the bowl game in Memphis.

A Fool's Errand: Texas' Path to the Final Four Check-In - Barking Carnival
Prior to the start of the season, I laid out a series of signs that this team was playing at a level indicative of a top-level NCAA squad. With the Lipscomb game in the rear view mirror, the Texas...

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