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Houston Texans News: September 4, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, September 3, 2014.

Larry French

Houston Texans News

Redskins-Texans: 4 Keys To The Game's Andrew Walker breaks down the key players and matchups to keep an eye on during Sunday’s Redskins-Texans 2014 season-opening showdown at NRG Stadium.

Texans to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for his team when they host the Redskins on Sunday.

Led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, Texans look to turn up heat on Robert Griffin III - The Washington Post
Led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, Houston will challenge Redskins line, Robert Griffin III.

New looks, flavors for Texans fans at NRG Stadium - Houston Chronicle
What will happen on the field remains to be seen, but the Houston Texans will have a new look and flavor in the stands at NRG Stadium.

New Texans QB Mallett faces media in Houston for first time - Ultimate Texans
New Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett met the media for the first time since being acquired from New England for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2016, he asked to make a statement.

Jay Gruden needs no Watt reminders - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
The play that began J.J. Watt's superstardom is one that Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden knows well.

Wednesday Injury Report: Texans vs. Washington
Read Wednesday's injury report for both the Texans and Washington.

Texans starting ILB still TBD
When it comes to starting linebackers, Bill O'Brien would like to keep some surprises for Sunday.

Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney returns to practice; will play vs. Redskins - Ultimate Texans
No. 99 got paid Tuesday. No. 90 was back Wednesday.

Whirlwind first days for QB Ryan Mallett
Ryan Mallett's first few days as a Houston Texan have been a whirlwind.

Jadeveon Clowney is "good", will start
Jadeveon Clowney is fit for action against Washington this Sunday.

6 ways Ryan Mallett has grown since 2011
Head coach Bill O'Brien explained how quarterback Ryan Mallett has matured and improved as a professional.

Around the League

SB Nation 2014 College Football Guide

NFL Watchability Index, Week 1: It's all downhill from here -
Real football is finally underway! Here's your guide to one of the best weeks of the NFL season.

Uffsides NFL game previews: Packers-Seahawks, Colts-Broncos among Week 1's best -
Uffsides game previews kick off the 2014 season with a look at the Fail Mary rematch, a heated division rivalry, and some TV-friendly matchups.

Cowboys coach says Michael Sam signing 'is about football' -
The Dallas Cowboys signed Michael Sam to their practice squad Wednesday after he was cut by the Rams last week and cleared waivers.

Packers vs. Seahawks 2014 game preview: The NFL returns in Seattle -
The Seahawks look to avoid a Super Bowl hangover in their season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Week 1 picks: Bears, Broncos and Patriots locks for kickoff weekend -
SB Nation's "expert" NFL picking panel returns for a new season, starting with a slate of Week 1 games that include some picks so obvious, they're sure to be wrong.

'Hard Knocks' episode 5 recap: The beginning of the end of the boredom -
SB Nation senior reporter and Atlanta Falcons fan Steven Godfrey watches the final installment of 2014's "Hard Knocks" so you won't, and leaves every NFL fan with a warning.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 4, Angles 1; 'Stros Secure Short Series Sweep - The Crawfish Boxes
Another great day at the office for your Houston Astros.

Texas suspends OTs Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle for BYU game - Burnt Orange Nation
It appears that Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle will receive one last opportunity.

Reports: Texas Longhorns dismiss OTs Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle - Burnt Orange Nation
Don't mess with Charlie Strong.

Red Raider Gridiron: Showers' Personal Vendetta; Competition at OL; Knights Kickoff Event to Continue - Viva The Matadors
Jameill Showers said he has a personal vendetta against Kliff Kingsbury, but he really doesn't. There is still competition at offensive line. And the Knights of Columbus Kickoff event is expected to continue.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 1 - Frogs O' War
Instead of completely ill informed guess work, HawkeyedFrog steps up to only moderately ill informed guess work. Who's on top this week?

First Look: Northwestern State Demons - Our Daily Bears
It's Wednesday of a Saturday game week, so it's probably about time to look at our opponent.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Lamar - Good Bull Hunting
South Carolina was hot, but Texas is HAWT!After a long summer its finally time for a weekend of Aggie tailgates and Kevin Damn Sumlin's high-powered offense at the new Kyle Field (make sure to...

The Texas Pregamer: BYU - Barking Carnival
Remember the Longhorns This column started out as a post-week 1 honeymoon cautionary tale. It was a celebration of the win, but a reminder that tougher foes await. There was also a whole...