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Houston Texans News: January 1, 2018

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Houston Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence -
The end to Houston's season comes with some serious news. Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to tend to his wife, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave
Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith will take an extended leave of absence so he can help his wife battle breast cancer.

Rick Smith: Texans GM leaves team, wife has breast cancer |
Rick Smith is stepping aside from the Texans.

With owner who favors stability, Texans' GM job attractive - Houston Chronicle
After meeting questions about his job situation head-on for the last three weeks, Texans coach Bill O'Brien did so much tap dancing Sunday you would have thought he was auditioning for Broadway.

Looking ahead to next season with Texans - Houston Chronicle
Now that the differences between coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been resolved with Smith's extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffani, who's been battling breast cancer, Texans will be making changes to their coaching staff and their personnel department.

Texans couldn’t overcome loss of Deshaun Watson but found franchise QB - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
Injuries, including a big one to rookie Deshaun Watson, hurt the Texans' chances of getting back to the playoffs, but their future looks bright.

The Houston Texans 2017 Season Comes To A Close | Houston Press
The off field drama, as it has for several weeks now, dominates the headlines when it comes to the Houston Texans.

By The Numbers: Colts 22, Texans 13
Intro: Check out a list of stats and notes from the Indianapolis Colts' Week 17 victory over the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

John McClain grades Texans vs. Colts - Houston Chronicle
The Texans wrapped up a dismal season by sinking to the AFC South basement with a loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.

Houston Texans 2018 Schedule And Opponents « CBS Houston
With the 2017 season in the books, the Houston Texans can look past their 4-12 record and to the future which will be 2018.

Texans now know 2018 opponents
Now that the season is concluded, the Texans know who they'll play in the 2018 regular season.

Texans lose to Colts 22-13 in final game of season |
The Houston Texans dropped their final game of the season to the Indianapolis Colts 22-13.

Texans fall to Colts, end season with six straight losses - Houston Chronicle
The Texans finished a terrible season about as badly as possible Sunday afternoon, going down meekly 22-13 to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium for a sixth consecutive defeat – and their seventh in a row on the road – that locked up last place in the AFC South for its twice-defending champions.

Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence - Houston Chronicle
Moments after the Texans closed the season with a loss to the Colts, general manager Rick Smith announced he's taking a leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who's battling breast cancer and has been undergoing treatment in Arizona.

NFL News

NFL playoffs 2018: Bracket, schedule, scores, and more -
The road to the Super Bowl begins with the Wild Card round on Jan. 6-7.

NFL draft order 2018: Pick selections take shape as regular season ends -
The Cleveland Browns own two top-five picks in the 2018 NFL draft.

NFL playoffs: Bills ended 17-year drought, longest in major sports -
Buffalo is back in the postseason for the first time since 1999.

What other NFL teams besides the Browns have gone 0-16, 1-15? -
What does history tells us is next for the Browns?

NFL coaching, GM tracker 2018: Firings, hirings, rumors, and news -
Follow us as we track all the coaching carousel news here.

Raiders fire Jack Del Rio. Will they land Jon Gruden to replace him? -
After three seasons, Jack Del Rio's time in Oakland is up.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Meet the Astros 2017 Draft Class - The Crawfish Boxes
A quick intro on the players drafted by the Astros this summer.

Rockets need double overtime to escape Lakers 148-142 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets ended 2017 with a bang.

Texas LB Malik Jefferson declares for the 2018 NFL Draft - Burnt Orange Nation
The Predator will follow in the footsteps of four other Longhorns and forgo his senior season at Texas.

Rumors circulating connecting former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich to Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
So far there is some smoke, but it’s not clear if there’s any fire.

Oklahoma 90, TCU 89: Frogs fall in first Big 12 game of the season - Frogs O' War
TCU couldn’t hold on to a lead late, as they fall to the Sooners in Fort Worth.

Breaking Down What’s Wrong With Baylor’s Offense - Our Daily Bears
It hasn’t been pretty lately.

BREAKING: Incarnate Word hires Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator Eric Morris as its Head Coach - Viva The Matadors
Kingsbury loses the final piece of his original staff.

Texas A&M 52, Wake Forest 55: The Belk Bowl was an Empty Temple of Excess - Good Bull Hunting
After an interminable December that redefined the Aggie program, it was time to play a football game.

The 2018 Citrus Bowl: What To Watch For - And The Valley Shook
What is it about LSU, Notre Dame and coordinator drama?

An Important New Year Public Service Announcement Concerning The Oklahoma Sooners - Barking Carnival
Forgive the rare cross post, but the Longhorn discourse has perturbed me and I need to provide some important reinforcement of the Iron Laws of Longhornfandom.

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