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Houston Texans News: December 29, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 29, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Big changes coming for Colts after season finale vs. Texans | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – At the risk of sounding callous, there’s an obvious song to add to the pre-game playlist Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cue David Bowie.

Texans' Brian Cushing wants to keep playing, hopes to return - Houston Chronicle
For nearly a decade, veteran linebacker Brian Cushing has delivered a hard-hitting, emotional presence in the middle of the Texans' defense.

Dan Le Batard lashes out at Packers, Texans for QB situation
Dan Le Batard calls the Packers and Texans "cowards."

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins not expected to face Indianapolis Colts
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions, is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Colts, a source confirmed to ESPN. Hopkins has been on the injury report this week with a calf injury.

Texans Could Be Without Star Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins On Sunday
Intro: The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reports that Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions, is expected to miss Sunday’s 2017 season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.

Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins needs to sit out the season finale
The Houston Texans are almost at the finish line of what has been a season of dismay, heartbreak and a few positives. Whether we win or not is irrelevant but the fact that DeAndre Hopkins is not healthy is. He shouldn’t play Sunday and here’s why.

Texans' Jadeveon Clowney fined for facemask penalty - Houston Chronicle
Texans Pro Bowl outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney has been fined $9,115 by the league office for a facemask penalty assessed Monday.

Familiar names highlight Texans haul in latest 4-round mock draft | Texans Wire
Familiar names highlight Texans haul in latest 4-round mock draft

NFL News

Jimmy Garoppolo is succeeding with the 49ers and Patriots fans miss him -
But most are happy for his success with the 49ers.

Sam Darnold vs. Ohio State's defense is why NFL fans should watch the Cotton Bowl -
Ohio State is stacked with pro talent, while the NFL awaits Sam Darnold’s decision.

Titans FG betting favorites hosting Jaguars in Week 17 -
The Tennessee Titans will try to earn a trip to the playoffs with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars as small chalk at the sportsbooks on Sunday afternoon.

Ranking Jimmy Garoppolo’s 6 wins as starting QB for 49ers, Patriots -
Beating the league’s top-ranked defense? An easy No. 1 pick.

NFL hot seat: Which coaches are getting fired and which ones are staying? -
A dozen NFL coaches are on the hot seat as the 2017 season winds down. Here’s an informed look at which ones could get a pink slip on Black Monday.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Rockets blow huge lead to Celtics, lose fourth straight - The Dream Shake
The Rockets lose again in frustrating fashion.

Texas defense key in Texas Bowl victory over Missouri - Burnt Orange Nation
Todd Orlando’s group jumped on the Tigers early and gave them little room to breathe.

10 Takeaways from TCU’s comeback Alamo Bowl win over Stanford - Frogs O' War
TCU mounted another second-half comeback to beat a PAC-12 team in the Alamo Bowl.

The Air Raid Podcast #117: Basketball Edition - Baylor - Viva The Matadors
Looking ahead to games against Baylor and Kansas

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Wake Forest - Good Bull Hunting
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind. One more time in 2017 its time for THE TAILGATE.

Playin’ Nice: One Foot Down - And The Valley Shook
Getting deeper into the Citrus Bowl match-up with One Foot Down’s Patrick Sullivan.

Texas- 33, Missouri- 16 - Barking Carnival
Texas finishes with a winning season and defeats a favored Missouri soundly behind great defense and special teams despite missing nearly a half dozen starters.

Great wrap to the season and a fun...

Former Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson transfers to Houston - Underdog Dynasty
Another four star recruit joins the Cougars defense.

Eric Bird Brings Versatility from RGVFC to Houston - Dynamo Theory
New Dynamo signing Eric Bird adds a multi-talented midfielder to the roster.