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Houston Texans News: December 29, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

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Houston Texans news

Texans won't take regular-season finale lightly - Houston Chronicle
Texans won't take regular-season finale lightly With playoff spot not yet secured, expect usual starters to 'play to win' Even though the Texans are almost guaranteed of winning the AFC South and hosting a playoff game in the wild-card round, coach Bill O'Brien will not rest his starters in Sunday's game against Jacksonville at NRG Stadium.

Brian Hoyer to start for Houston Texans if cleared to play
Coach Bill O'Brien said even if the Texans clinch the AFC South before Sunday's game against the Jaguars, quarterback Brian Hoyer will start if cleared.

Quarterback Carousel Hasn’t Hurt the Texans’ Playoff Chances - WSJ
The Houston Texans are on pace to make the playoffs—and win the AFC South—with a record four different signal callers leading the team to victory this season.

Broncos win means Texans must wait to lock up AFC South |
The Houston Texans could have wrapped up the AFC South Monday night without even playing.

NFL playoff scenarios: How Texans can clinch a playoff spot - Houston Chronicle
The Texans are oh-so-close to locking up a playoff spot and getting that first-round playoff game at home.

Texans – Titans: In A Nutshell " CBS Houston
Paul Gallant looks back at the Texans 34 - 6 win over the Titans.

Texans rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong has ‘bright future’ - Ultimate Texans
Texans rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong is staying involved in the offense because of his overall progress and upgraded conditioning as well as veteran Cecil Shorts being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Around the League

Bengals vs. Broncos 2015 final score 20-17: Denver FINALLY clinches playoff spot in a wild overtime win -
For a half, the Broncos looked awful. Thankfully for them, Brock Osweiler and the defense woke up in time to finally secure their playoff spot.

Chargers fine Eric Weddle $10K for watching his daughter perform at halftime -
Eric Weddle's career with the Chargers is almost certainly through and it ends on a sour note.

MMBM: Brock Osweiler's backup linked to the world's most incompetent PED dealer -
Plus- is Cam Newton going to commit suicide? We don't know.

Bengals vs. Broncos 2015, 'Monday Night Football' preview: Battle of backups for AFC's No. 2 seed -
It will be Brock Osweiler vs. AJ McCarron in primetime with a first-round bye at stake.

The Rams’ scaredy-cat punter has a history of cheap shots -
Thanks for the #tbt, Ravens.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks game preview - The Dream Shake
Houston looks to get above .500 again when the Atlanta Hawks come to town.

Scattershooting Texas Longhorns football - Burnt Orange Nation
As December comes to a close, let's take a look at some of the recent activity regarding Texas football.

Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: Richmond Spiders (8-3) - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders and Spiders are set to clash at 4:00 PM at the USA.

Frogs Use Big 2nd Half to Bury Delaware State - Frogs O' War
A huge run to open the second half broke a close game and propelled TCU to a convincing win over Delaware State tonight.

Baylor Football: Russell Athletic Bowl Preview Show - Our Daily Bears
In case you missed it on FSSW this evening.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Louisville - Good Bull Hunting
If we make it through December Everything's gonna be all right I know It's the coldest time of winter And I shiver when I see the falling snow If we make it through December Got plans to be in a...

Conference Play is Coming & All I Can Contemplate is Cam - Barking Carnival
Around 8am this morning as I was pondering ways to avoid checking work email thinking of ways to stir interest in Texas Longhorns basketball, the idea of writing a conference season preview began...

Bradley Bourgeois signed by Houston Dynamo as Homegrown Player - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo sign Academy defender as Homegrown Player

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