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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, September 30, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Texans' J.J. Watt has back surgery, will miss remainder of season - Houston Chronicle
As expected, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and will be lost for the season.

J.J. Watt of Houston Texans has back procedure, likely done for season
J.J. Watt is not expected back this season after having a procedure on his back Thursday, a source said.

J.J. Watt Injury Update: Texans Star Undergoes Season-Ending Back Surgery | Bleacher Report
Houston Texans news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more.

Texans look to move on without Watt against Titans (Sep 30, 2016) | FOX Sports
.When the Houston Texans host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, it will be the first time since 2010 they'll play without J.J. Watt.

First Glance: Texans vs. Titans
Here are five things to watch when the Texans host the Titans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Texans look to upgrade last-ranked red-zone offense - Houston Chronicle
The red zone has become forbidding and unfamiliar territory for the Texans' sputtering offense.

Texans' Jaelen Strong fined for unnecessary roughness infraction - Houston Chronicle
Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong was fined by the NFL for his unnecessary roughness penalty against the New England Patriots.

Houston Texans to lean on entire defense to replace J.J. Watt - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
"I need to step up," says Jadeveon Clowney, who along with Whitney Mercilus will be counted on to help make up for the loss of their star.

NFL News

3 prominent black NFL players disagree on race, and that’s important - SBNation.com
Colin Kaepernick, Richard Sherman, and Cam Newton show why race isn't and shouldn't be a simple discussion.

A.J. Green was a one-man wrecking crew for the Bengals in 22-7 win against the hapless Dolphins - SBNation.com
Green finished with 10 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Browns WR Josh Gordon will enter inpatient rehab facility - SBNation.com
Gordon is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The Patriots and Ravens found the flaw in the NFL's new touchback rule - SBNation.com
The big legs of Stephen Gostkowski and Justin Tucker are being used to force short kickoff returns, which is the opposite of what the NFL wanted to happen.

Declining NFL ratings aren’t a big deal ... yet - SBNation.com
The NFL still dominates everything else on TV, and there’s no reason to believe ratings will continue to drop.

Houston & Collegiate News

A fond farewell to Tal’s Hill - The Crawfish Boxes
Obstacle course.

Sorry coach, Nene is not a top five center - The Dream Shake
Nene was a good signing for the Rockets, but Mike D’Antoni might be going a bit overboard.

Texas Motor Speedway wants to host Texas-Texas A&M - Burnt Orange Nation
A proposed crowd of 200,000 would shatter the single-game attendance record. Sounds fun!

An Attempt To Make Some Sense Of Whatever It Was That We Just Watched - Viva The Matadors
I have no idea what happened, and I don’t think I’m alone.

TCU to debut new black helmets vs. Oklahoma - Frogs O' War
These helmets look AWESOME.

Podcast #105: Hooray for Ames! Previewing Iowa State vs. Baylor - Our Daily Bears
Coaching, expansion, plus previewing the matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones.

Alternate Locations for the Texas A&M vs. Texas Rematch - Good Bull Hunting
Texas Motor Speedway is okay, but how about these?

Texas Pregamer: Okie State - Barking Carnival
With each passing week, Gundy’s mullet continues to gain sentience. Once each tentacle rooted firmly in his brain stem, it was only a matter of time before...

Houston avenges last year’s only loss, trounces UCONN 42-14 - Underdog Dynasty
The second and third quarters were premium content...

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against New York City FC - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo take on 3rd place in the Eastern Conference New York City FC. Who should start to keep the Dynamo winning streak going?

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