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Houston Texans News: August 14, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, August 14, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

How the Brian Hoyer, Andre Johnson trade rumor got started -
How did a rumor of the Brown trading Brian Hoyer to the Texans for Andre Johnson fool the Internet for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon? It always comes back to Rex Grossman.

Houston Texans Training Camp Report: Day 19 - ESPN
HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.

Ex-Texans QB Yates settling in to new backup role for Falcons - Houston Chronicle
Less than two months after losing out to Case Keenum and being cut, then traded to Atlanta, Yates returned to his former home football city and reunited with a rebuilding franchise he led to its first playoff victory in 2011.

Matthews, Clowney show well in joint Falcons, Texans practice |
The Falcons offensive line won some battles and lost some during two 9-on7- periods against the Houston Texans’ stout defensive front in a joint practice at the Houston Methodist training center on Wednesday.

The Falcons And Texans Are Two NFL Teams On The Rise - The Falcoholic
A lousy 2013 season hasn't dimmed 2014 expectations for either Houston or Atlanta.

It's time to move on from Texans' opening debacle - Houston Chronicle
We thought the Texans were going to be smarter going into Saturday's preseason opener at Arizona. They weren't. We thought they were going to be mentally tougher. They weren't. We thought they were going to play with more urgency. They didn't. We thought the coaching was going to be better. It wasn't.

Cushing glad to be back on the field with his Texans teammates - Houston Chronicle
The loudest ovation for the Texans' joint practice with Atlanta may have been saved for a player who didn't even participate in many of the drills.

Texans hope that have a hammer in Tuggle |
Texans linebacker Justin Tuggle, the son for former Falcons great Jessie "The Hammer" Tuggle, enjoyed facing his father’s old team for an NFL practice on Wednesday.

Jay Prosch pushes past hand injury at Houston Texans' training camp |
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said last week it wouldn't take long for former Auburn fullback Jay Prosch to get back to being a full practice participant after suffering a hand injury because "he's a tough kid."

Around the League

Crash course for Johnny Football: Learning how to be the Browns' next great QB -
Johnny Manziel has much to learn about the long, mostly sad history of the Browns before he becomes their quarterback. Here's a teaching aid to do just that!

Quotables: Bills deny C.J. Spiller trade rumors, Magic Johnson expects NFL team in LA within 2 years -
Buffalo GM Doug Whaley insisted that the team has not been contacted about a potential Spiller deal. Meanwhile, Magic Johnson says he expects an NFL team in LA within the next two years.

Is The Cowboys Defense Incredibly Bad, Or Just Unknown? - Blogging The Boys
Pundits are running out of descriptions in seeking to describe just how bad things are for Dallas.

Marshawn Lynch cleared in assault investigation - Field Gulls
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an alleged assault last weekend, per a statement from the Bellevue PD.

Training camp roundup: Tyrann Mathieu 'pretty close' to return, Chad Henne still Week 1 starter -
Bruce Arians said his star safety is close to coming off the PUP, while Gus Bradley stressed that Henne is still his projected starter.

Bill Polian: If I'd Taken Andy Dalton, I'd Still be in Indy - Stampede Blue
Former Colts general manager Bill Polian, currently an analyst for ESPN, said that if he'd have taken Andy Dalton in 2011, he'd still be in Indianapolis. And he's right.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Twins 3, Astros 1: Hard Luck Loss for Obie - The Crawfish Boxes
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. This was the second one.

Rockets 2014-15 schedule released - The Dream Shake
Clear your calendar from October to April, you have Rockets basketball to watch.

Texas needs senior CB Quandre Diggs to be a playmaker again - Burnt Orange Nation
Creating turnovers was an issue for the Texas secondary last season and one of the primary culprits was the playmaking well of Quandre Diggs going unexpectedly dry.

Red Raider Gridiron: Offensive Line Preview; Levi, Smith & Richards Updates - Viva The Matadors
The official site with a video preview of the offensive line. Updates on Rika Levi, Marcus Smith and Jackson Richards. Taylor Symmank has taken hold of the punting job and Davis Webb is one of a few nationally underrated quarterbacks.

The Impact of Shaun Nixon's Knee Injury - Frogs O' War
True freshman Shaun Nixon suffered a knee injury and will be out for the season, and his injury affects more than just the depth chart at running back.

OurDailyPodcast Episode 39: Let's Get Defensive! - Our Daily Bears
This week on the podcast we're looking at the defense and attempting to answer some of the many unanswered questions about this year's defensive team.

Calling All Aggies: Come to Yell Practice at 12:45 pm on Thursday, be on TV - Good Bull Hunting
The Association of Former Students wants to make sure we have a good showing on the SEC Network's debut.

Fall Practice Update August 11, 2014 - McFarland Rising, RB Thinning - Barking Carnival
A disappointed Charlie Strong spoke to the media on Tuesday. Mentioned that the team hit the wall and didn't push through it. Tuesday practice was sloppy with dropped balls, missed assignments...