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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

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Houston Texans News

Texans receive permission to interview Buffalo's Brian Gaine - Houston Chronicle
The Texans have received permission from Buffalo to interview Brian Gaine, the Bills' vice president of player personnel.

Report: Texans interested in Brian Gaine, Nick Caserio for G.M. job – ProFootballTalk
With Rick Smith taking a leave of absence, the Houston Texans are looking for a new general manager for at least a one-year opening with the team. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Texans are interested in Brian Gaine and Nick Caserio for the job.

Texans sign Zach Conque, nine others to reserve-future deals - Houston Chronicle
The Texans signed converted former Stephen F. Austin quarterback Zach Conque to a reserve-future deal along with nine other players.

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith taking extended leave of absence as wife battles breast cancer, says tenure not over
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith made it clear he will return to the team, a day after he announced he is taking an extended leave of absence to help take care of his wife as she battles breast cancer.

Texans GM vows return, setting up bizarre, ‘toxic’ reunion | New York Post
HOUSTON — Maybe time will heal the bond.

Texans general manager Rick Smith said he would return to the team but will be away for at least a year. The GM...

Smith's leave to last a year; Texans will hire new GM - Houston Chronicle
After 12 seasons with the Texans, Rick Smith has stepped aside as general manager but said Monday he will retain his title of executive vice president and plans to return in a year.

What’s next for Rick Smith, Texans?
After 12 seasons as the Texans general manager, Rick Smith is stepping away from his role to take care of his family as his wife battles breast cancer.

Nick Cesario, Brian Gaine and Jimmy Raye III Early Names to Watch for the Opening of the Houston Texans General Manager Opening
Nick Cesario, Brian Gaine and Jimmy Raye III open up as early names as potential matches for the Houston Texans general manager opening.

Texans point to bright 2018 and beyond
The Texans are optimistic about the direction of the ballclub in 2018 and beyond.

The Memes that defined the Texans in 2017 - Houston Chronicle
It certainly wasn't what any of us were expecting.

Colts request permission to interview Texans' Mike Vrabel - Houston Chronicle
The Indianapolis Colts have requested permission to interview Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel for their head-coaching vacancy, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

Texans' Nick Martin facing another long road back from ankle surgery - Houston Chronicle
Wheeling around the Texans' training facility following successful ankle surgery, starting center Nick Martin is attacking his second rehabilitation in the past two years.


NFL News

Final NFL power rankings: Bills can finally celebrate in January - SBNation.com
The playoffs are here and for the first time in 18 years, that doesn’t mean the Bills’ season is over.

Bills fans thank Andy Dalton for playoff bid with $17 donations - SBNation.com
Dalton played a huge role in getting the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

2018 NFL mock draft: What happens if Josh Rosen says no to the Browns? - SBNation.com
Cleveland might make for some extra drama at the top.

Raiders are as ugly in success as in failure - SBNation.com
The failures of the 2017 Raiders can guide their future.

NFL power rankings 2018: Tracking where teams are entering the playoffs - SBNation.com
The Patriots are the top-ranked team heading into the playoffs.

2017 NFL season: 14 best stats for the final week of the regular season - SBNation.com
Let’s celebrate the end of the regular season with cold, overjoyed Bills fans, a tipsy Mike Zimmer, and eight new teams heading into the 2018 playoffs.


Houston & Collegiate Sports

James Harden out at least two weeks with hamstring strain - The Dream Shake
Not a good start to the new year for James.

Dylan Osetkowski’s 25 points leads Texas to 74-70 OT road win over Iowa State - Burnt Orange Nation
Several ‘Horns played remarkably in key moments to lift Texas to 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in Big 12 play.

Get your Alamo Bowl “Remember the Comeback Part II” shirt today! - Frogs O' War
Commemorate both of TCU’s phenomenal Alamo Bowl comebacks with one great shirt!

Baylor-TCU Preview and Prediction - Our Daily Bears
With questions looming about whether Jo Lual-Acuil will play, and if Terry Maston’s shooting form will return in his second game back after breaking his hand, the Bears have a difficult challenge...

BREAKING: Candi Whitaker fired by Texas Tech. - Viva The Matadors
Fifth-year coach Whitaker fired by Tech after disappointing record.

WBB: Ags can’t finish the upset at S. Carolina 61-59 - Good Bull Hunting
So close but not enough.

First Impressions: LSU 17, Notre Dame 21 - And The Valley Shook
It was going okay until the fourth...

Shooting From the Corner: Texas 74, Iowa State 70 OT - Barking Carnival
The world record for a human holding their breath is a bit over 22 minutes, a record I nearly broke in the last five minutes of regulation and overtime period tonight. The Texas Longhorns managed...