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Houston Texans News: September 8, 2017

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Houston Area Begins Slow Recovery From Catastrophic Harvey Storm Damage Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images

Houston Texans News

Jadeveon Clowney excited about Texans’ plans for him – ProFootballTalk
Thirty-one other defensive coordinators must look at Mike Vrabel with envy. The Texans defensive coordinator has J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Benardrick McKinney and Whitney Mercilus at his disposal. Vrabel will move around his four defensive stalwarts like chess pieces.

5 Takeaways on Jacksonville's Doug Marrone on Preparing for the Houston Texans
A closer look at Jacksonville's Doug Marrone and his early takeaways on their matchup with the Houston Texans.

Texans always dominate Jaguars and this time won’t be different | New York Post
The North Star from Northcoast Sports Service joins The Post’s college and NFL bettor’s guides for 2017. Go to to view a sample of the Power...

Texans aim to lift Houston's spirits in opener vs. Jags | FOX Sports
Texans aim to lift city’s spirits in season opener.

Texans to honor first responders before game Sunday -
While the Texans will take the field to the raucous cheers of their fans for their season opener, the franchise will make sure those in attendance won't forget the efforts of the brave in Houston.

Texans injury report: DeAndre Hopkins among those no longer listed - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' health is improving markedly heading into their season opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bill O'Brien: 'Very high expectations' for Texans' D.J. Reader - Houston Chronicle
The retirement of five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork didn't leave a massive hole in the middle of the Texans' defense.

Retired Texans WR Andre Johnson gives back - Houston Chronicle
Retired former Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson is pitching in to help those impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Texans' Duane Brown expected to miss at least Week 1 -
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Duane Brown has not shown up at the team facility and is expected to be out at least Week 1, according to a source informed of the situation.

Texans to open season at Houston's NRG Stadium, as scheduled, vs. Jaguars
Team will open at home against Jaguars despite speculation game might be moved from hurricane-ravaged city.

NFL News

Chiefs 42, Patriots 27: 7 things we learned in the NFL season opener -
The Chiefs dominated the fourth quarter to shock the Patriots in Week 1.

The Patriots are literally the worst team in the NFL right now -
The Patriots are winless. Please savor that while it lasts.

Who is Kareem Hunt, and how did he run all over the Patriots? -
The Chiefs’ rookie running back put in work on Thursday night.

Alex Smith is king of the gunslingers, for now anyway -
The Chiefs needed the veteran quarterback to shake off his dinking and dunking ways to beat the Patriots. And, wooo weee, did he do just that.

Patriots vs. Chiefs: New England’s loss should be the end of 28-3 meme -
Here are eight new memes for the 2017 season following the Chiefs’ big win on Thursday night.

Angry Tom Brady is the first meme of the NFL season -
Tom doesn’t like to lose.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Triple-A manager Tony DeFrancesco not returning to Astros organization in 2018 - The Crawfish Boxes
DeFrancesco got his 1,000 PCL victory in April.

Tracy McGrady heading to Hall of Fame this weekend - The Dream Shake
The former Rockets great will be inducted this Friday.

Tom Herman’s rebuild at Texas will take time, and that should have been expected - Burnt Orange Nation
Despite the Maryland loss, Texas’ long-term goals under Tom Herman remain completely intact.

TCU vs. Arkansas: A Q&A with Arkansas Fight - Frogs O' War
TCU faces Arkansas this weekend, as the Frogs look to exact a measure of revenge for a game that slipped away from them in 2016. We sat down with Eric Harris of Arkansas Fight to chat about the...

First Look: UTSA Roadrunners - Our Daily Bears
Opponent: UTSA RoadrunnersODB GAME HUB: Baylor Bears vs. UTSA...

It is okay to be optimistic after Week 1 - Viva The Matadors
Don’t be a Debbie Downer all season.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs. Nicholls State - Good Bull Hunting
We need a quarterback (the fourth one).

LSU vs. Chattanooga: What to Watch For - And The Valley Shook
Previewing LSU’s 2017 home opener.

Texas Pregamer: San José State - Barking Carnival
Madness? This is AUSTIN!

South Alabama vs. Oklahoma State: Q&A with Pistols Firing - Underdog Dynasty
Phillip Slavin gives us a scouting report on the Pokes.

The Bull & Its Horns: Toros Playoff Chances Fading Fast - Dynamo Theory
Winless in two matches last week, RGVFC is trending towards missing the postseason.