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Houston Texans News: August 29, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, August 29, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans - Recap - August 28, 2014 - ESPN
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the San Francisco vs. Houston game played on August 28, 2014.

N.F.L. Fines Peyton Manning for Taunting a Texans Safety -
Manning, who had never previously committed a personal foul in the N.F.L., confronted D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week after Swearinger hit the BroncosWes Welker in the head.

49ers rout Texans, but Gabbert struggles - San Jose Mercury News
Blaine Gabbert got the surprise start in the San Francisco 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night, a 40-13 win over the Houston Texans, and he reverted to the sketchy form that won't inspire confidence as Colin Kaepernick's top backup.

CBS’ Esiason says Texans have one of NFL’s ‘worst QB situations’ - Ultimate Texans
ongtime NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is big on Texans wide receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and the potential of a resurgent top-10 defense, and the initial results of first-year coach Bill O’Brien.

Texans end preseason with thud in loss to 49ers - Houston Chronicle
The best thing about preseason? Adios!

Quotes: Texans vs. 49ers
Read what the coaches and players from the Texans and 49ers said after Thursday night's preseason game.

Around the League

SB Nation 2014 College Football Guide

2014 NFL roster cuts tracker: 53-man roster deadline on the horizon -
The regular season is coming, which means NFL teams are beginning the final preparations to whittle their rosters down to the final 53 players.

Handicapping the best 2014 NFL prop bets -
NFL prop bets are a great, silly time waster and they demand your full, serious attention.

Yellow alert: Prepare yourself for an NFL season filled with more penalties -
Prepare yourself for an NFL season filled with more penalties. Here's why.

NFL preseason 2014: Long national nightmare is finally over -
The 2014 NFL preseason has finally come to an end, with every NFL team finishing up their final game on Thursday evening.

University of Minnesota threatened with lawsuit over 'Redskins' name -
Washington's team name continues to bring anger and controversy.

Michael Sam: 'I know I can play in this league' -
Despite almost going undrafted, Michael Sam has shown considerable ability throughout the preseason.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 4, Rangers 2: McHugh, Castro Get Team Closer To Silver Boot - The Crawfish Boxes
Collin McHugh pitched great in his first outing against the Rangers, and Castro did his Chris Carter impression to give the home team the win.

Let's FIBA! - Or - A summer of national team play concludes with the best sport. - The Dream Shake
It's a World Cup the USA can, and should, win! It's the World Cup of Basketball! The Rockets' own James Harden will be playing Shooting Forward for the USA! Let's watch!

Texas Longhorns release first depth chart of Charlie Strong era - Burnt Orange Nation
Which player will run out with the first team on Saturday evening.

The Huddle: Central Arkansas Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech is set to open their 2014 season against the Central Arkansas Bears. Viva The Matadors previews the game in just a shade over 3,000 words.

Friday Focus - Keys to Victory - Frogs O' War
What do the Frogs need to focus on to ensure a win against Samford in the season opener?

Podcast Episode 41: Baylor Football is Back! The SMU Preview Show - Our Daily Bears
Better late than never. Mark, Prashanth and Peter are back and it's GAME WEEK! We're previewing SMU (sorta), plus talking about Rami Hammad, our excitement about the new stadium and Community Feedback.

Great way to spend 3.5 hours huh