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Houston Texans News: November 18, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, November 18, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Houston Texans give their players safety warnings before leaving for Mexico
The NFL is playing in Mexico City on Monday night, and the Houston Texans want to make sure their players are safe there. The Texans distributed a memo on Wednesday that was a page long, giving them instructions on what to do and not do in Mexico as they travel to face the Oakland Raiders.

Notebook: Raiders Begin On-Field Preparations For Matchup With Houston Texans
The Raiders were back on the field Thursday afternoon at their Alameda, Calif., facility.

Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree set to pose problems for Houston Texans -
HOUSTON -- The Oakland Raiders' wide receiver tandem Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree arguably ranks atop the league as a duo.

Kenny Hilliard excited to be back with Texans - Houston Chronicle
When the Texans cut running back Kenny Hilliard during their final major roster cutdown following an encouraging preseason, he was obviously disappointed.

Raiders' Derek Carr on Texans: "They never talked to me"
Jon Gruden never had any doubts about Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Andre Johnson would like to officially retire as a Texan - Houston Chronicle
The Texans haven't retired a jersey or started a ring of honor yet, but Johnson, the team's all-time leading receiver would be a likely candidate to be the first.

Texans' Alfred Blue not practicing, 'optimistic' for Monday - Houston Chronicle
Although Texans backup running back Alfred Blue was sidelined Thursday for the second day in a row with a calf injury, he remains upbeat about his status for Monday night's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Texans' Xavier Su'a-Filo continues to improve - Houston Chronicle
The language of football has so many nuances, with its terminology and disguise heavily involved in the strategies of the game. Those complexities are ultimately underscored, though, by the physical essence of the sport.

Texans' special-teams ace Brian Peters set to return - Houston Chronicle
Texans special-teams ace Brian Peters is set to return from a quadriceps injury that has sidelined him since a road loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Texans rookie Tyler Ervin gets confidence boost - Houston Chronicle
Eluding pursuit in the open field, Texans rookie kickoff returner Tyler Ervin provided excellent field position Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Joseph will miss playing old friend when Raiders battle Texans | CSN Bay Area
Karl Joseph and K.J. Dillon were feature players in an excellent defensive backfield at West Virginia...

NFL News

Luke Kuechly overcome with emotion after being carted off the field -
Kuechly left after a devastating hit and is reportedly being evaluated for a concussion.

Tony Romo knew Dak Prescott was the Cowboys QB even before they beat the Steelers -
Romo knew Prescott would be the starter even before the Cowboys beat the Steelers.

Carolina Panthers ran 11 plays in 5 minutes for a total of 18 yards and 3 points, their second-most futile drive of the season -
11 plays for 18 yards inside the red zone ... it surely wasn’t the outcome Carolina wanted.

Saints vs. Panthers final score: Carolina holds on for a 23-20 win despite a New Orleans late-game rally -
The Panthers blew a comfortable lead for the second week in a row, but held on to beat the Saints.

Saints get yet another kick blocked, and the Panthers turned it into a fantastic touchdown -
It's official: The Saints’ field goal unit is a disaster.

Cam Newton is wearing furry cleats in his latest bold fashion move -
That’s not a squirrel, it’s just Cam’s feet.

Houston & Collegiate News

Astros acquire catcher Brian McCann for two prospects - The Crawfish Boxes
Carlos Gomez one year, now Brian McCann the next. The unwritten rules of baseball come to the Astros clubhouse.

Astros sign Josh Reddick to 4-year, $52 million contract, per report - The Crawfish Boxes
Houston is making moves.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finishes in 3rd place in MVP vote - The Crawfish Boxes
Altuve gets zero first place MVP votes.

Rockets blast off against the Blazers: 126- 109 - The Dream Shake
aka Return of The Bev.

Report: Odds of Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin returning now ‘roughly equal’ - Burnt Orange Nation
Why not have another swing in the rivalry between the two coaches?

TCU vs. Oklahoma State: 5 Players to Watch - Frogs O' War
James Washington is coming to town.

UConn’s 16-2 4th Period Run Nets 72-61 Win Over Baylor Lady Bears - Our Daily Bears
Senior All-American forward Nina Davis and 6-4 freshman post Lauren Cox were both 0-for-4 from the field and didn't score a single point.

VTM Staff Predictions: Texas Tech at Iowa State - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders find themselves in a must-win game against the Cyclones.

Guess the score: Texas A&M vs. UTSA - Good Bull Hunting
your guess is as good as anybody’s.

Texas Pregamer: Kansas - Barking Carnival
We really have run out of material for Kansas, our apologies for the flat, boring, completely uninspiring header.

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