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Houston Texans News: December 26, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Cancer survivor David Quessenberry of Houston Texans makes NFL regular-season debut
Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry said making his NFL regular-season debut was "everything I dreamed of" after battling cancer since 2014.

Houston Texans quarterbacks T.J. Yates, Taylor Heinicke both checked for concussion
Texans quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Taylor Heinicke were both checked for concussions with Heinicke being ruled out for the rest of Monday's game against the Steelers.

Steelers Claim a Playoff Bye With a Rout of the Texans - The New York Times
Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, the leading receiver in the N.F.L., sat out with a calf injury, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw completions to six players and finished with 226 yards passing.

Cowboys, Texans lose; the internet laughs - Houston Chronicle
It comes as no surprise that the Texans got blown out on Christmas Day by the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 12-3, the Steelers are one of the best teams in the NFL. At 4-11, the Texans are ... well, they're bad.

Steelers vs. Texans 2017 final score: Pittsburgh clinches AFC bye -
Pittsburgh locked in a first-round bye in the AFC.

Texans big run game not enough in 34-6 loss
The Texans were successful in running the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it wasn’t enough in the 34-6 loss on Christmas Day.

Alfred Blue shines in Texans' loss to Steelers - Houston Chronicle
It wasn't the outcome that the Texans envisioned, but their dormant running game finally awakened during their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers vs. Texans: T.J. Yates cleared of concussion, returns to lineup -
The Old Dominion product made his NFL debut on Christmas.

Texans now have highest contract value on injured reserve |
It took Tom Savage’s addition to the list to push the Texans over the top, but Houston once again sits atop the NFL’s list of contract resources now on injured reserve.

NFL News

Saints used butts to win, plus 5 other things we loved from Week 16 -
Andy Reid and Alvin Kamara were in the holiday spirit, and Michigan State made an appearance (really).

NFL power rankings 2017, Week 17: Seahawks, Chargers kept hopes alive -
The Lions and Cowboys blew golden chances to enter Week 17 with realistic playoff hopes.

NFL Week 16: 17 stats that explain what happened over Christmas weekend -
Three playoff spots are still up for grabs, Todd Gurley is surging in the MVP race, and the Bears remain undefeated (against the AFC North).

NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 17 -
The Patriots are still the top team in the NFL.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros MiLB Position Review: Starting Pitching - The Crawfish Boxes
A review of the starting pitching in the Astros minor league system.

Rockets get coal in their stocking, lose to Thunder 112-107 - The Dream Shake
Rockets drop their third straight.

Texas survives negative recruiting to land 4-star LB Ayodele Adeoye - Burnt Orange Nation
Todd Orlando’s relationship with the IMG Academy product saved the Longhorns.

A Big 12 Christmas Carol - Frogs O' War
A Merry Christmas to the Conference.

Baylor-Texas Tech Preview and Prediction - Our Daily Bears
Big 12 play begins.

The Shimonek era is officially over - Viva The Matadors
Grading the offense after a tough loss in Birmingham.

Half of A&M’s team defeats Buffalo, SEC play up next - Good Bull Hunting
Despite the pregame of announcement of the suspensions of three players, Savion Flagg, Duane Wilson and Tyler Davis led A&M over Buffalo.

Derrius Guice Helps Make a Little Girl's Christmas - And The Valley Shook
View the FanShot on SB Nation.

So You Want Shooters - Barking Carnival
One of the most common laments among Texas faithful over the last couple of seasons has been a question something along the lines of "why doesn’t/can’t Shaka Smart recruit shooters". It’s an...

Comparing recruiting numbers between Conference USA and the Sun Belt - Underdog Dynasty
After the new Early Signing Period lets see which conference is setting themselves up for a better future.

12 Days Of Chingmas- A Song of Brian Ching - Dynamo Theory
We could have sent Brian Ching out thousands of memories and tear-jerking stories. Well...we could have. Instead, we wrote him a song.