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Houston Texans News: September 18, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, September 18, 2015

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Arian Foster returns to Houston Texans practice -
Arian Foster on Thursday took part in team drills for the first time since undergoing groin surgery in August. Is there a chance he suits up on Sunday?

O'Brien names Ryan Mallett starting quarterback
Head coach Bill O'Brien named his starting quarterback for Sunday.

Texans trade Keshawn Martin to the New England Patriots
The Texans have traded Keshawn Martin to the New England Patriots.

Houston Texans: Ryan Mallett named team's starting quarterback - NFL -
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has officially named Ryan Mallett as the starting quarterback.

Texans preparing to start Ryan Mallett in Week 2 -
The Houston Texans will start Ryan Mallett on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Mallett replaced Brian Hoyer during the team's Week 1 loss.

Texans vs. Panthers 2015 picks and predictions: Carolina a slight favorite at home -
The Texans might have a quarterback controversy after just one week. Will it matter against the Panthers?

Texans want, expect to see more out of Clowney | ProFootballTalk
Jadeveon Clowney played 30 of 70 defensive snaps for the Texans last week, mostly as a third-down pass rusher. Maybe as part of a long-term plan or maybe just out of hope the Texans won't be playing from behind as they did last week and will have more chances to rush the passer, Texans coach Bil...

Is J.J. Watt the Texans’ third tight end? | ProFootballTalk
With Ryan Griffin on injured reserve, the Texans currently have two tight ends on the roster. Sort of. The Texans also have defensive end J.J. Watt, and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle asked Watt on Wednesday whether he's now the team's de facto third tight end.

Texans claim OT Oday Aboushi on waivers | FOX Sports
Texans claim OT Oday Aboushi on waivers

Patriots acquire Keshawn Martin from Texans -
The Houston Texans sent wide receiver Keshawn Martin and a future draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Thursday.

Around the League

Peyton Manning reaches 70,000 career passing yards -
Peyton Manning has eclipsed 70,000 career passing yards during Thursday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Donald Trump is bigger than the GOP -
It's Trump's world, we're all just lucky enough to still be alive in it.

You didn’t forget about Jadeveon Clowney did you? -
Last year's No. 1 overall pick had his season all but erased by injuries. He's back in the Texans lineup this season, looking as menacing as ever.

The NFL may have finally embraced the up-tempo revolution -
Did things feel faster to you during the first week of NFL action?

NFL tells Giants that referees blew 2 calls in last-minute loss to the Cowboys -
If not for the missed calls, the Giants probably beat the Cowboys. (They still probably deserved to lose, though.)

Uffsides NFL Week 2 Preview: Packers seek revenge vs. Seahawks -
Matt Ufford and the crew preview the best five games in the NFL this week. While making picks, they roast Jim Tomsula, tell factually inaccurate jokes, and accidentally discover the cause of Gregg Easterbrook's wet dream.

You should bet against the Broncos -
Vegas isn't high on Peyton Manning's play this season, and the Broncos are three-point underdogs on the road in Kansas City.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

The Astros Crisis: TEX 8, HOU 3 - The Crawfish Boxes
These are the games that try fans' souls

How does the Rockets front court compare out West? - The Dream Shake
The Western Conference has a lot of talented big men.

Star Cal QB Jared Goff presents major challenge for Texas defense - Burnt Orange Nation
In comparing the Golden Bears quarterback to Aaron Rodgers, Longhorns defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called Goff one of the best quarterbacks he's ever faced in college.

Thursday Throwdown: Keys to Victory vs SMU - Frogs O' War
The Ponies roll in to down with a whole new swag, but a full Frog effort can send them to the glue factory.

That’s Some Next Level - Week One Highs and Lows - Our Daily Bears
Will Mariota to Wright be the next Montana to Rice? That's probably a stretch, but it's still going to be a fun year. Plus we make a trip to the Android's Dungeon.

Aggies in the NFL: Week 1 - Good Bull Hunting
GBH highlights the top Aggie NFL performers in Week 1

The Texas Pregamer: Cal - Barking Carnival
Apparently this is some kind of rivalry week? Cal is still pretty McElwained about not getting into the 2004 Rose Bowl.

Report: MLS looks to implement video replay in 2016 - Dynamo Theory
If they can clear the final FIFA hurdle then Major League Soccer will look at installing an instant replay system to help straighten out controversial referee decisions.

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