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Jadeveon Clowney Placed On PUP List

Jul 27, 2015 6:27 PM

Jadeveon Clowney has been placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Houston Texans.

Clowney will begin training camp on the list and still count against the Texans' active roster. The move allows them to keep Clowney on the PUP list into the regular season if necessary, but he can come off at any time during training camp.


Clowney had microfracture surgery on that right knee Dec. 8, a procedure in which tiny fractures are made into the bones around the knee to improve blood flow to the meniscus, the cartilage that pads the knee joint.


Clowney was the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Jadeveon Clowney 'Looks Spectacular' Seven Months After Microfracture

Jul 22, 2015 11:19 AM

Jadeveon Clowney "looks spectacular" seven months removed from microfracture surgery, according to Texans team physician Dr. Walt Lowe.

Clowney was limited to four games his rookie year after being selected first overall in the draft. He suffered a lateral right meniscus tear in the Texans' 2014 season opener.

The Texans have used blood flow restriction therapy, which is designed to minimize muscle deficits early in rehab.

According to ESPN's Stephania Bell, the Texans were the first team in the league to implement such training, which is also called "tourniquet" training.

Lowe told Forbes while someone of Clowney's size would typically have lost three or four centimeters of girth around his quadriceps while recovering from this surgery, Clowney has lost only between half a centimeter and one centimeter.

"The real goal in the end is to have him be who he was before he got hurt," Lowe said.

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J.J. Watt Has 40+ QB Hits In Three Straight Seasons

Jul 15, 2015 6:34 PM

J.J. Watt is the only player to record 40 or more quarterback hits in a season since 2000 and he's done it in three straight seasons.

Watt had 50 quarterback hits in 2014, which was first in the NFL well ahead of Carlos Dunlap's 28 and Von Miller's 27.

Watt had 46 quarterback hits in 2013 and 43 in 2012.

The next highest total of quarterback hits in the NFL since 2000 came in 2013 by Robert Quinn and in 2012 by Cameron Wake with 33 apiece.

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Ken Stabler Passes Away At Age Of 69

Jul 9, 2015 7:59 PM

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977, has passed away at the age of 69.

According to the family, Stabler passed due to complications associated with Stage 4 colon cancer, which he had been battling since February.

Stabler was the NFL's MVP in 1974 and was nicknamed "The Snake."


Tags: Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Legal, Misc Rumor

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J.J. Watt Gets No. 1 Slot In NFL's Top 100

Jul 8, 2015 11:56 PM

J.J. Watt has the top spot in the NFL Network's list of Top 100 Players of 2015.

Watt finished ahead of Aaron Rodgers and became the first defensive player to claim the top slot since the series began in 2011.

Tom Brady, DeMarco Murray and Peyton Manning rounded out the top-5.

The Top 100 voting was done exclusively by NFL players.

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Report: Broncos Tried To Trade Peyton Manning To Texans

Jun 23, 2015 8:20 PM

According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver, the Denver Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans during the offseason. He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

Manning's revised contract for 2015 includes a no-trade clause.

Manning struggled during the final part of the 2014 season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Texans To Be This Year's 'Hard Knocks' Team

May 27, 2015 12:47 PM

The Houston Texans will be this year's team on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

This marks the first time the Texans are the subject of the show, which dates back to 2001.


J.J. Watt and the Texans made a cameo on the show last season when the Atlanta Falcons were the team on the show.

The show has featured the Ravens, Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and Falcons one time each. The Cowboys and the Bengals have each been featured twice.

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Texans Sign Whitney Mercilus To Four-Year, $26M Extension

May 5, 2015 12:50 PM

The Houston Texans have signed Whitney Mercilus to a four-year, $26 million extension. The deal has $10.5 million in guaranteed money.

Mercilus has 18 sacks in three seasons, although he hasn't been a consistent pass rusher.

Mercilus was a first rounder in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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J.J. Watt Signs Shoe Deal With Reebok

Apr 13, 2015 1:05 PM

J.J. Watt has signed a deal with Reebok to make his on-field shoe, which will go unbranded during games.

Reebok's parent company, Adidas, has the right to put its logo on its endorsers on the field, but Reebok does not.


Watt announced the deal on social media Monday morning, along with a video of him breaking his personal record in the box jump, reaching a height of 5 feet, 1 inch in the company's ZPump Fusion shoes.


"J.J. gives us instant credibility," said Reebok U.S. vice president Chris Waldeck.

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J.J. Watt Restructures Contract To Create $8M In Cap Space For Texans

Mar 24, 2015 11:18 AM

J.J. Watts helped the Houston Texans create up to $8 million in salary cap space by restructuring his contract.

Watt agreed to turn a $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus.

He signed a six-year deal prior to the 2014 season that could pay him $100 million.

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Texans Sign Vince Wilfork To Two-Year, $9M Deal
Vince Wilfork's deal with the Texans includes $5 million in guaranteed money.

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Cecil Shorts Signs Two-Year Deal With Texans
Cecil Shorts' best season came in 2012 when he caught 55 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Jets Trade For Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick played under Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in Buffalo from 2010-12, firing 71 TD passes and amassing 10,232 yards through the air.

Eric Allen/Jets.com

Andre Johnson Signs With Colts On Three-Year, $21M Deal
Andre Johnson has agreed to sign with the Colts.

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Jadeveon Clowney Bit By Swearinger's Pit Bull
D.J. Swearinger's pit bull bit Jadeveon Clowney on the arm.

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Andre Johnson Released By Texans
Andre Johnson still had two years and $21.5 million remaining on his deal, making a trade prohibitive.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Texans Have Deals With Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett
Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett each backed up Tom Brady with the Patriots.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Kareem Jackson Agrees Upon Four-Year, $34M Deal With Texans
Kareem Jackson was set to be one of the top cornerbacks on the open market.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Agent: Texans First Broached Trade Idea To Andre Johnson
The agent for Andre Johnson has denied approaching the Texans for a trade.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Andre Johnson Asks Texans For Trade Or Release
Andre Johnson will turn 34 in July.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Brian Cushing Has Undergone Three Different Offseason Surgeries
Brian Cushing has undergone surgery to repair a broken wrist, as well as arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and left ankle.

Manouk Akopyan/NFL.com

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


J.J. Watt Named Unanimous Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt had 20 sacks, 78 tackles -- 29 for losses -- 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.


Aaron Rodgers Wins 2nd NFL MVP Of Career
Aaron Rodgers received 31 MVP votes compared to 13 for J.J. Watt.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

J.J. Watt Living 'Rocky' Lifestyle In Wisconsin Cabin In Offseason
J.J. Watt bought a simple cabin in Wisconsin for his offseason workouts.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Rams Interested In Trading For Nick Foles
The Texans and Titans also are believed to have interest in Nick Foles.

Eliot Shorr-Parks/Star-Ledger

Gary Kubiak Would Accept Broncos' Job If Offered
Gary Kubiak is believed to be the Broncos' top candidate.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Watt, Gronkowski Headline All-Pro Team As Unanimous Selections
J.J. Watt received five defensive end votes and the other five for defensive tackle.

Barry Wilner/AP

Andre Johnson Willing To Take Pay Cut To Stay With Texans
Andre Johnson was interested in a trade last offseason.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

DeAndre Hopkins To Start Despite Ankle Injury
Bill O'Brien will have DeAndre Hopkins available in Week 16.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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