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Houston Texans News: September 22, 2016

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

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Patriots list Jimmy Garoppolo as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Texans -
Jacoby Brissett will likely start in Garoppolo's place.

Week III: Patriots - Texans Injury Report | New England Patriots
The New England Patriots (2-0) and the Houston Texans (2-0) announce the following player injuries and practice participation.

J.J. Watt still has video of Texans fans booing him at the draft on his phone | FOX Sports
He's used the boos as motivation to change the attitude that greeted him five years ago.

Overlooked Patriots storyline: Running game can work against Texans - New England Patriots Blog- ESPN
If the Patriots can continue their success running the ball, their quarterback situation won't matter on Thursday night.

Texans' Jadeveon Clowney on foot injury: 'I feel pretty good' - Houston Chronicle
Texans defensive end-outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney downplayed the severity of a foot injury he sustained against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Matchup Nightmares: 4 Problematic Players To Watch For In Patriots-Texans " CBS Boston
Here are four players who present problems in Patriots-Texans. It may not be who you think.

Texans' J.J. Watt wants no part of letter jackets this time around - Houston Chronicle
It was an idea with good intentions that unraveled quickly into one of the most embarrassing and corniest moments in Texans franchise history.

Let's look at how the Texans suddenly became explosive on offense -
Bill O'Brien's team is stretching the field and putting defenses on notice.

The Texans are this year’s most surprising team - The Washington Post
Houston upgraded its playoff chances from 49 to 75 percent in just two weeks per FiveThirtyEight's NFL forecast.

For once, Texans might be up to Patriots' challenge - Houston Chronicle
Playoff matchups much more important than instantly forgettable wild-card affairs. Which is why as simple as the following sentence sounds, it means something extra when the humiliating horrors of 42-14, 41-28 and 27-6 Bill Belichick's team flash through your scarred mind.

NFL News

Julian Edelman could be the Patriots’ backup QB, because Bill Belichick is brilliant and weird -
Bill Belichick does weirder things than any coach in the NFL. Using Julian Edelman as the team’s backup QB would be the weirdest.

NFL picks 2016, Week 3: Experts see big wins for the Packers and Panthers -
Sure, it's not a stretch to see a unanimous vote for the Dolphins to beat the Browns, but is this week really that much of a sure thing for the Panthers and Packers?

Terrelle Pryor is willing to cut off a finger or die on the field to get the Browns a win -
Hopefully it doesn’t come to that!

Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. are suddenly playing nice after months of trash talk -
The two players seem to have a subdued attitude heading into Sunday’s rematch.

NFL panic index, Week 3: Remember when the Packers were good? -
The Packers are struggling, the Browns have yet another starting QB, the Seahawks can't beat the Rams ... these are things that NFL fans are panicking about this week. We're going to tell you whether it's justified.

Why can't the Rams play other teams like they do the Seahawks? -
The Rams have won three in a row and four of their last five against the Seahawks, but it’s Seattle that winds up in the playoffs every year.

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