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Houston Texans News: September 11, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, September 11, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

BWTB: Texans history with Raiders QBs
All three quarterbacks on the Oakland Raiders roster have past connections with the Texans franchise.

Raiders’ Carr, Texans’ Johnson friends from way back - SFGate
Raiders rookie Derek Carr attended Houston’s practices when his brother, David, was playing quarterback there and Johnson was the young star receiver.

Texans’ turf talk goes quiet; Graham hopes to play vs. Raiders - Ultimate Texans
Multiple Texans players were asked Wednesday about NRG Stadium’s much-debated turf.

Without a hotshot QB in fold, Texans must manage Fitzpatrick - Houston Chronicle
"Complementary football" has become the new catchphrase for the Texans.

Texans report: Posey puts a smile on disappointment - Houston Chronicle
DeVier Posey is focusing on self improvement while hoping to make his 2014 debut Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Raiders' Carr focuses on beating Texans, not fond memories here - Houston Chronicle
The Texans gave up on David Carr, their first draft choice, after five seasons, trading for Matt Schaub. The Oakland Raiders seemingly have given up on Schaub, whom they traded for in March, after a single preseason, turning their offense over to rookie Derek Carr.

Carr Turns the Page, Readies for Texans
Rookie QB Derek Carr is turning the page on his first career start and is getting for his second this week against the Houston Texans.

Jones-Drew Misses Practice, Texans Present Challenge
Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice as the Raiders get ready to host the Houston Texans.

Houston Texans' Garrett Graham returns, C.J. Fiedorowicz hurt - ESPN
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans starting tight end Garrett Graham returned to practice this week after missing the team's season opener with a back injury.

Texans prep for Black Hole experience
The Texans spoke on Wednesday about their Sunday trip to the Black Hole.

Texans Andre Johnson: "I Haven’t Had A Problem" With NRG Stadium Turf " CBS Houston
If Andre Johnson has an issue with the turf inside NRG Stadium, he's not saying it. The Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver on Wednesday said he's never found anything wrong with the paneled grass surface he's played half the games of his 12-year career on.

Whitney Mercilus stepping up with Clowney out
Whitney Mercilus is stepping into the void now that Jadeveon Clowney is out due to injury.

Andre Johnson's bond with Derek Carr
Andre Johson and Derek Carr have a bond that has lasted through Carr’s high school, college, and now NFL career.

Around the League

Absurd Power Rankings: 2 Carls are better than 1 -
Carl is the most football name. Therefore, more Carls equals a better football team.

Roger Goodell will 'never' resign, per report -
The NFL commissioner has no intentions to resign amid criticism, according to source.

Facing Texans gives Derek Carr trip down memory lane - Silver And Black Pride
If there's one team in the NFL Derek Carr knows best, it's the Houston Texans. His brother was drafted to the Texans as the number one overall pick when Derek was just a boy and he spent five years...

Maurice Jones-Drew "day to day" with injured hand - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders new starting running back, Maurice Jones-Drew was missing from practice on Wednesday. Dennis Allen announced following practice that the team's new ball carrier is not practicing with an...

Houston & Collegiate Sports

MLB Scores: Astros 5, Mariners 2 - A recap with a curious baseball fan - The Crawfish Boxes
Jose Altuve reached 200 hits on the season, Nick Tropeano was solid in his MLB debut and a TCB writer's girlfriend learned more about baseball.

Still disconnect between Texas Longhorns coaches and players on culture change - Burnt Orange Nation
As much as the new Longhorns head coach and his staff have tried to instill culture change at Texas, the process is still ongoing.

Arkansas v. Texas Tech | Home Game Hotspots - Viva The Matadors
Where else can you talk about snake farms, Rooster Cogburn, and local weather?

Minnesota Game Week: The Wacker Bowl - Frogs O' War
TCU and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet for only the second time ever.

Podcast Episode 43A: Fank and Peter Review Northwestern State - Our Daily Bears Some unusual stuff is happening on OurDailyPodcast. In this episode, Fank and Peter are reviewing the Northwestern State Game while Mark prepares his body for the Buffalo Bulls live webcast. We've also got some of the best Bear Droppings you've ever

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Rice - Good Bull Hunting
The year is 1917. Political incorrectness, hazing, and good bull reign supreme. The Texas AMC Aggies play the Rice Owls and emerge victorious.Fast forward to 2014 and we are on the eve of yet...

Texas Pregamer: UCLA - Barking Carnival
The Suspension is Killing me: So that happened. Against BYU. Again. I thought Mormons were supposed to be nice. Must be all that pent up...rage. We knew that we were in for an uphill climb...