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Baltimore Ravens QB Ryan Mallett says he 'acted immaturely' with Houston Texans
Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett said he has grown up a lot from a difficult season in Houston, which led him to being released.

Ryan Mallett says he "acted immaturely" in failed stint with Texans | ProFootballTalk
Ryan Mallett had a chance to win the starting job with the Houston Texans in training camp. He didn't. And everything went south from that point on for Mallett and his relationship with the Texans. Mallett overslept and was late after losing the starting job to Brian Hoyer.

Texans rule out Brian Hoyer for Week 15 | ProFootballTalk
Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is dealing with his second concussion in less than a month, something that's reportedly left him concerned about the impact on his long-term health. The injury will definitely keep him out of this week's game against the Colts.

T.J. Yates will start for Texans in pivotal AFC South matchup vs. Colts - SBNation.com
The postseason hangs in the balance, and T.J. Yates will start while Brian Hoyer remains in the concussion protocol.

Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer ruled out Sunday due to concussion
Brian Hoyer has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Indianapolis, Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday.

Texans owner: Raiders, Chargers look like favorites to move to Los Angeles - CBSSports.com
The Rams seem to be falling behind in the race to LA.

QBs Luck, Hoyer out as Colts Face Texans - ABC News
QBs Luck, Hoyer out as Colts Face Texans.

Why is Texans center Ben Jones barefoot before every game? - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
Houston's Ben Jones is always barefoot before games, through rain, sleet or snow, mainly because one year a barefoot walk preceded a big win.

Texans’ Duane Brown tired of hearing about team’s woes at Indy - Ultimate Texans
Brown, the first-round pick in 2008, has suffered through seven consecutive defeats in the Texans’ 13-game losing streak at Indianapolis.

Around the League

A journey into New York City’s Black Hole of Raiders fans - SBNation.com
Fan passion transcends geographic boundaries.

Andy Dalton might get a shot to change the narrative after all - SBNation.com
Despite his thumb injury, Dalton can still lead the Bengals to their first playoff win in 25 years.

3 good options for 3 very bad teams in the 2016 NFL Draft - SBNation.com
Three teams are tied for the worst record in the NFL. Here are the three top ways they could go in April.

NFL odds 2015, Week 15: Packers, Panthers road betting favorites - SBNation.com
The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will get late-season road tests as betting favorites in this week's NFL odds action.

The Jaguars are good and the Falcons are bad. Nothing makes sense. - SBNation.com
The Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars face off on Sunday in a matchup of two teams trending in very opposite directions. Susannah Collins breaks down how they got here and where they're headed.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Thoughts on Astros Ken Giles, Mark Appel Trade - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros finally traded for reliever Ken Giles. And there are many interesting thoughts to be had about this trade.

Dwight Howard denies reports that he wants out of Houston. Sheridan retrenches. - The Dream Shake
Dwight Howard claims he doesn't want out of Houston, but the report's source stands by his story.

Powerful forces pulling against Charlie Strong at Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
From a lack of support inside the athletic department to a booster-led mutiny outside of it, the head coach's time in Austin looks numbered.

Texas Tech Lands 2 JUCO All-Americans - Viva The Matadors
Tech scored huge on JUCO signing day.

JuCo DE Mat Boesen is Officially a Frog - Frogs O' War
The former Boise State defender will continue his career in Fort Worth, after signing his NLI Wednesday.

Russell Athletic Bowl Advanced Stats Part I: Tar Heels Offense vs. Bears Defense - Our Daily Bears
In the first part of our Advanced Stats Preview, we're looking at the North Carolina Offense vs. Baylor's Defense according to F/+, FEI and S&P+, the metrics from Football Outsiders.

Current Aggie Football Players Want Us to Be Cool - Good Bull Hunting
Texas A&M Football players have noticed the meltdown.

Lance Armstrong on Joe Rogan - Barking Carnival
I listen to Joe Rogan's podcast and was surprised to hear our infamous fellow Texan come on as a surprise guest. Rogan provides a pretty objective forum and it's interesting to hear Armstrong open...

UMass Makes The Transition To Independence: Two Blogs Make the Handoff - Underdog Dynasty
One blog lectures another blog on how to correctly take care of their newly acquired... uhh... treasure.

Houston Dynamo Re-sign Clark, Williams, and Boniek Garcia - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo officially have their reigning club MVP Ricardo Clark under contract along with defender Sheanon Williams and Midfielder/Right back Oscar Boniek Garcia.

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