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Houston Texans News: September 8, 2016

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

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Houston Texans News

Bears secondary faces major challenge in Texans' DeAndre Hopkins - Chicago Tribune
Like the Bears' Alshon Jeffery, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has an uncanny knack for making contested catches look easy.

Wednesday Injury Report: Texans vs. Bears
Check out the updated injury report, presented by Cigna.

Texans' Jadeveon Clowney 'excited,' healthy entering third season - Houston Chronicle
Standing in front of his locker stall, Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was in an especially good mood.

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt says surgery won't make him play differently - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
Coming off back surgery, J.J. Watt insists he's going to play "as hard as I possibly can" on Sunday ... but he'll train smarter.

Week 1 Preview: Bears at Texans (Sep 7, 2016) | FOX Sports
Brock Osweiler cannot predict exactly how his first game with the Houston Texans will transpire.

Texans' J.J. Watt say he could play entire game this week - Houston Chronicle
After another day of practice, defensive end J.J. Watt said he's ready to go and plans to play the entire game Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

J.J. Watt wants to play every down for Texans in Sunday's opener - Houston Chronicle
In what will be his first game since the Texans' playoff loss to Kansas City, defensive end J.J. Watt made it clear he has no intention of being on a play count and every intention of playing every snap Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Texans' Derek Newton preparing for heavy workload in opener - Houston Chronicle
The approach that Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton is taking to the season-opener against the Chicago Bears is a simplistic one.

Texans' Tom Savage fined $18,000 for tripping, plans to appeal - Houston Chronicle
Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage was fined $18,000 by the NFL for a tripping penalty.

Texans center Greg Mancz readying for first NFL start - Houston Chronicle
This shapes up as a huge week for Texans center Greg Mancz.

Texans' Brandon Dunn on practice squad status: 'Blessing in disguise' - Houston Chronicle
When the Texans made their final major roster cuts, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn was one of the final three players released.

NFL News

Drew Brees reaches contract extension with Saints -
The New Orleans Saints have extended the contract of quarterback Drew Brees.

2015 NFL season recap in under 3 minutes -
The NFL's endlessly long offseason is finally ending! Quite a bit happened in the league last season and this offseason.

Ranking all 32 NFL teams' new Twitter hashtags and emojis -
Some of these are great. Others ... not so much.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Indians 6 Astros 5: Astros Lose Back and Forth Contest to Indians - The Crawfish Boxes
Another short outing from an Astros starter leaves the offense with too many runs to overcome.

Donatas Motiejunas' restricted free agency is already one of the longest in recent NBA history - The Dream Shake
Restricted free agency usually favors the teams over players. Even more so in D-Mo's case.

Which Texas true freshmen are most likely to redshirt as we head into Week Two? - Burnt Orange Nation
After 10 freshmen played against Notre Dame, it’s time to forecast the future.

Texas Tech and Arizona State Share Similar Desert Roots, History - Viva The Matadors
Can you revive something that never was?

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 1 - Frogs O' War
Chaos started earlier than usual this season, and as a result last weeks Power Rankings are almost entirely different.

A New Report Questions Pepper Hamilton Investigation, but Art Briles is Sorry Anyway - Our Daily Bears
What are we to make of an article acquitting Briles of wrongdoing and an article professing his regret being released thirty minutes apart?

Three Things We Learned from Week 1 in the AAC - Underdog Dynasty
Houston made headlines, but what about the other eleven?

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Prairie View A&M - Good Bull Hunting
"I don't know what beef is between you, but you'd better grill it up and eat it" - Dr. Lee, Drumline. Truer words have never been spoken. As the bands prepare for an epic halftime showdown, we will...

The 18 Wheeler: Here For the Long Haul - Barking Carnival
Longhorn Nation "enjoyed" three solid weeks of sound and fury erupting from the initial report that Tyrone Swoopes was "way, way ahead" in the Texas quarterback competition. Nobody really bought...

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