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Houston Texans News: December 8, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, December 8, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Texans' Jaelen Strong hopes to continue mastery of Colts - Houston Chronicle
During his two NFL seasons, Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong has dealt with injuries and inactivity.

Jadeveon Clowney one of six Texans to miss practice | ProFootballTalk
The Texans' three-game losing streak has created a three-way logjam at the top of the AFC South that won't be in place come the end of Week 14. Houston will be in Indianapolis to face the Colts, who have the same 6-6 record as the Texans and Titans.

Texans talk importance of Colts matchup
The Texans discussed the importance of their matchup with the Colts.

Slumping Texans host surging Colts in key AFC South battle | FOX Sports
Colts (6-6) will host Houston (6-6) on Sunday.

Texans' Andre Hal returns for Dwayne Allen matchup - Houston Chronicle
Texans starting free safety Andre Hal was close to playing on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, recovering rapidly from an illness that had prevented him from practicing all week.

Texans' Brian Cushing continues to play despite broken bones in his back - Houston Chronicle
Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing disclosed today that he has been playing with broken bones in his back.

Texans' Tom Savage still out with infection - Houston Chronicle
Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage remained sidelined Wednesday with an infection in his right throwing elbow that's been treated with antibiotics.

New Texan Al-Hajj Shabazz learning on the fly - Houston Chronicle
When cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz was claimed by the Texans on waivers, it came as a surprise. He was on the verge of re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he got word that he was headed to Texas.

NFL News

Chart Party: Scorigami, or the story of every NFL final score that has ever happened - SBNation.com
A few times every NFL season, you see final scores that have never happened in the history of the league. This is the 95-year history of this fine art.

NFL defensive linemen get away with holding penalties. Here’s how. - SBNation.com
Offensive holding is the nemesis of players, coaches, and fans alike. But defensive linemen get away with holding plenty, too, as NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz explains.

2017 NFL Draft: 9 players with the toughest decision to make - SBNation.com
We’re starting to find out which college football players will go pro, but these ones have a hard choice to make.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Hinch outlines plans for Gurriel, Springer, Feliz and Devenski heading into 2017 - The Crawfish Boxes
Yulieski Gurriel will likely be the Astros first baseman.

Rockets run Lakers out of the building, win 134-95 - The Dream Shake
Houston made easy work of the Lakers and rested some starters in the process.

3 Texas players named to All-Big 12 first team - Burnt Orange Nation
Two more Longhorns earned second-team recognition.

Frogs Fall 74-59 - Frogs O' War
TCU dropped their first game of the year to crosstown rival SMU.

Establishing Rhule’s rule at Baylor - Football Study Hall
What to expect from Matt Rhule’s Baylor football program.

Texas Tech Dominates UTSA, 87-50 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders are now 8-1.

Instant Reaction: Aggies Coast through Denver, 80-58 - Good Bull Hunting
Big nights from JC Hampton and Tonny Trocha-Morelos highlight a comfortable victory over the University of Denver.

Texas Longhorn History: The Rose Bowl That Almost Was - Barking Carnival
Today is the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and there is fascinating side story involving the 1941 Texas football team and the Rose Bowl from that season.

The 2016 College Football All-America Team, by SB Nation
Here's the best possible 2016 college football team, in our opinion.

The Bull & Its Horns: Eric Verso is set for a big comeback in 2017 - Dynamo Theory
After having his option picked up, Eric Verso is excited to showcase his skills in south Texas.

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