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Houston Texans News: December 22, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 22, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Turns out Texans rookie K.J. Dillon didn't have to pay for that group dinner after all - Houston Chronicle
Texans rookie K.J. Dillon can breathe a little easier after not having to pick up a $16,000 tab.

Houston Texans QB Tom Savage won't take start for granted - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
For Tom Savage, Saturday's start for the Texans will be his first in nearly three full seasons in the NFL. He recognizes how precious opportunity is.

Savage gets another shot when Texans host Bengals
Tom Savage has been waiting for another chance with the Houston Texans after struggling when he got a shot as a rookie in 2014. On Saturday, he'll get it when he makes his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals after the Texans decided to relegate Brock Osweiler to a backup.

'Cool, calm' Tom Savage prepared for spotlight as Texans' starting QB - NFL Nation- ESPN
Tom Savage used time on injured reserve last season wisely, and the preparation looks to be paying off as the QB gets his first start for the Texans.

Texans’ John Simon returns ‘good as new’ - Houston Chronicle
Gritty Texans outside linebacker John Simon was sidelined for the past four games with a pectoral injury, leaving the defense without one of its top pass rushers and run stoppers.

Bill O’Brien on injured Lamar Miller: ‘He’s a very tough guy’ - Houston Chronicle
Texans starting running back Lamar Miller was sidelined at practice Wednesday, days after tweaking his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Duane Brown named Texans' Ed Block Courage award winner - Houston Chronicle
Overcoming a torn quadriceps tendon to return to play and be named a Pro Bowl alternate, veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown was voted the Texans' Ed Block Courage Award winner by his teammates.

NFL News

2 reasons why the Atlanta Falcons aren’t your typical ‘dome’ team - SBNation.com
The Falcons have two things that make their offense nearly unstoppable, no matter where they play. NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains.

How the Dolphins learned to embrace adversity and start winning again - SBNation.com
For nearly a decade, we’ve seen the Dolphins fold when they hit a speed bump. Under head coach Adam Gase, Miami has found success fighting through adversity.

Cam Newton’s kryptonite might be Falcons head coach Dan Quinn - SBNation.com
Quinn seems to have a unique understanding of how to prepare his defenses to succeed against Newton.

Marcus Mariota and Kwon Alexander headline list of future Pro Bowlers - SBNation.com
There’s a long list of young players who didn’t make the Pro Bowl this year, but it’s only a matter of time until they do.

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell got hit with a 'random' drug test after he made 6 FGs in a game - SBNation.com
Boswell hit six field goals on Sunday, and the NFL took notice.

Michael Bennett said '2 pumps get you a baby, 3 pumps gets you a fine' while wearing a Christmas sweater of his sack dance - SBNation.com
Bennett also pulled off a convincing cosplay as Russian Santa.

Houston & Collegiate News

Houston Astros News: December 21, 2016 - The Crawfish Boxes
Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

Rockets bounce back in Phoenix with 125-111 victory over Suns - The Dream Shake
Houston’s three-point shooting returned in the win over Phoenix.

Trust is key in Tom Herman’s hiring process at Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns head coach revealed that he also looks for three specific things from his assistants.

TCU Handles Bradley 74-42 in Final Non-Con Tuneup - Frogs O' War
It wasn’t pretty, but the Frogs won big to run their record to 11-1.

Texas Tech Defeats Longwood 91-60 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders are 11-1 heading into conference play.

THE TAILGATE: A Texas Bowl Preview of Texas A&M vs Kansas State - Good Bull Hunting
A consolation prize for the season that could have been.

Shooting From the Corner: Texas 96, UAB 60 - Barking Carnival
The offense finally clicked.

Houston Dynamo to Face Seattle Sounders in 2017 Home Opener - Dynamo Theory
Houston Dynamo to Face Reigning MLS Cup Champs Seattle Sounders in 2017 Home Opener/

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