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Brian Cushing Has Undergone Three Different Offseason Surgeries

Mar 1, 2015 11:29 AM

Brian Cushing has had three different offseason surgeries.

Cushing has undergone surgery to repair a broken wrist, as well as arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and left ankle.

"It's not uncommon for stuff like that to happen. It's just little things here and there, the residual effects of two major surgeries and injuries, the wear and tear of playing throughout the season," Cushing said. "There were still some things bothering me a little bit. Just went in there and had real good success in both areas and looking forward to a very healthy and productive season."

Cushing started 14 games last season.

Manouk Akopyan/NFL.com

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1

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J.J. Watt Named Unanimous Defensive Player Of The Year

Jan 31, 2015 11:26 PM

J.J. Watt has been named the first unanimous AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt collected all 50 votes from the media panel.

"It's special," he said. "It's a testament to my coaches and teammates and everything they did throughout the year. There are so many people who helped make this possible."

 

Watt had 20½ sacks, 78 tackles -- 29 for losses -- 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Personal Award

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Aaron Rodgers Wins 2nd NFL MVP Of Career

Jan 31, 2015 11:19 PM

Aaron Rodgers has won his second NFL Most Valuable Player award.

"I feel so fortunate to live out my dreams, year after year," Rodgers said after accepting the award on Saturday night.

 

Rodgers led the NFL in TD-to-INT ratio (38 touchdowns, five interceptions) during the regular season. He also finished second in passer rating (112.2) and yards per attempt (8.43) and third in touchdown passes.

Rodgers beat out J.J. Watt to win the award. Watt received 13 MVP votes compared to 31 for Rodgers.

 

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Personal Award

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J.J. Watt Living 'Rocky' Lifestyle In Wisconsin Cabin In Offseason

Jan 30, 2015 6:07 PM

J.J. Watt bought a simple cabin in Wisconsin for his offseason workouts. 

"It’s really minimalistic," Watt told the Houston Chronicle. "The only thing I have to focus on is training, and that’s the way I like it. There’s no frills. There’s nothing to distract you up here." 

 

Last offseason, Watt slept on a mattress on his friend's dining room floor while putting himself through two-a-days living what he termed a "Rocky" lifestyle.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

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Rams Interested In Trading For Nick Foles

Jan 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The St. Louis Rams have interest in trading for Nick Foles.

Foles could be made available this offseason by the Philadelphia Eagles as they also have interest in trading up for Marcus Mariota.

The Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans could also have interest in Foles.

"Love him," one NFL coach said of Foles. "Right now I would put him in the second or third tier of quarterbacks, but I think he is right on the cusp of being in the top tier at the position."

Foles inability to escape pressure was highlighted last season as the offensive line suffered through a season of injuries and poor play. 

 

Foles has been quiet since his injury, but did make it clear in his lone interview that he expects to be with the Eagles next season.

"I expect to be back here," Foles said. "I expect to be the quarterback. I love my teammates, and I expect to be back out there leading them and winning some games. I'm excited to come back better than I ever have been."

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Tags: Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Gary Kubiak Would Accept Broncos' Job If Offered

Jan 18, 2015 11:12 AM

Gary Kubiak would accept the Denver Broncos' head coaching position if he's offered it.

Kubiak is believed to be the Broncos' top candidate.

If a deal is reached, the Broncos are not expected to announce the hire until Tuesday, after Sunday's conference championship games and Monday's Martin Luther King holiday.

Kubiak said in a statement earlier this month that he would remain with the Baltimore Ravens, although he acknowledged it was "flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions."

The Ravens have already begun heaing from potential replacements should Kubiak leave.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Misc Rumor

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Watt, Gronkowski Headline All-Pro Team As Unanimous Selections

Jan 2, 2015 12:31 PM

J.J. Watt and Rob Gronkowski are unanimous selections for the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.

Watt was listed on all 50 ballots by a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league, with 45 of the votes for defensive end and the other five for defensive tackle.

Seattle and Pittsburgh each had three All-Pros. There were 16 AFC players and 11 from the NFC.

Offense

Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, 44; Tony Romo, Dallas, 3; Tom Brady, New England, 2; Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, 1. 

Running Backs -- x
DeMarco Murray, Dallas, 48; Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh, 44; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle, 7.

Fullback -- y
John Kuhn, Green Bay, 18; Anthony Sherman, Kansas City, 14; Marcel Reece, Oakland, 12; Bruce Miller, San Francisco, 3; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle, 1; Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore, 1.

Tight End
Rob Gronkowski, New England, 50.

Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh, 49; Dez Bryant, Dallas, 24; Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, 15; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, 11; Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants, 1.

Tackles
Tyron Smith, Dallas, 35; Joe Thomas, Cleveland, 22; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati, 14; Jason Peters, Philadelphia, 12; Ryan Clady, Denver, 4; Sebastian Vollmer, New England, 3; Joe Staley, San Francisco, 3; Ricky Wagner, Baltimore, 2; Trent Williams, Washington, 1; Lane Johnson, Philadelphia, 1; Jared Veldheer, Arizona, 1; Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay, 1; Louis Vasquez, Denver, 1.

Guards
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, 38; Zach Martin, Dallas, 24; Josh Sitton, Green Bay, 22; Kyle Long, St, Louis, 5; Mike Iupati, San Francisco, 4; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia, 2; Jahri Evans, New Orleans, 2; Joel Bitonio, Cleveland, 1; Dan Connolly, New England, 1; James Carpenter, Seattle, 1.

Center
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh, 21; Travis Frederick, Dallas, 14; Nick Mangold, New York Jets, 7; Jason Kelce, Philadelphia, 5; Corey Linsley, Green Bay, 1; Rodney Hudson, Kansas City, 1; Ryan Kalil, Carolina, 1.

Placekicker
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis, 25; Stephen Gostkowski, New England, 21; Matt Bryant, Atlanta, 1; Dan Bailey, Dallas, 1; Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona, 1; Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 1.

Kick Returner
Adam Jones, Cincinnati, 17; Darren Sproles, Philadelphia, 15; Devin Hester, Chicago, 14; Jacoby Jones, Baltimore, 3; De'Anthony Thomas, Kansas City, 1.

Defense

Ends
J.J. Watt, Houston, 45; Mario Williams, Buffalo, 24; Calais Campbell, Arizona, 11; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia, 5; Cameron Wake, Miami, 5; Michael Bennett, Seattle, 3; Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore, 3; Everson Griffen, Minnesota, 1; Jerry Hughes, Buffalo, 1; Robert Quinn, St. Louis, 1; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, 1.

Tackles
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, 41; Marcell Dareus, Buffalo, 24; Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay, 13; J.J. Watt, Houston, 5; Kyle Williams, Buffalo, 4; Aaron Donald, St. Louis, 4; Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets, 4; Sen'Derrick Marks, Jacksonville, 2; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia, 2; Calais Campbell, Arizona, 1.

Outside Linebackers
Justin Houston, Kansas City, 47; Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore, 13; Von Miller, Denver, 11; Connor Barwin, Philadelphia, 11; DeAndre Levy, Detroit, 7; Clay Matthews, Green Bay, 5; Ryan Kerrigan, Washington, 3; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay, 2; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, 1.

Inside Linebacker
Luke Kuechly, Carolina, 43; Bobby Wagner, Seattle, 31; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore, 9; DeAndre Levy, Detroit, 4; Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh, 4; Jamie Collins, New England, 2; Dont'a Hightower, New England, 2; D'Qwell Jackson, Indianapolis, 1; Brandon Marshall, Denver, 1; Clay Matthews, Green Bay, 1; Larry Foote, Arizona, 1; Mychal Kendricks, Philadelphia 1.

Cornerbacks
Darrelle Revis, New England, 42; Richard Sherman, Seattle, 41; Chris Harris Jr., Denver, 9; Brent Grimes, Miami, 4; Vontae Davis, Indianapolis, 2; Aqib Talib, Denver, 1; Joe Haden, Cleveland, 1.

Safeties
Earl Thomas, Seattle, 39; Eric Weddle, San Diego, 16; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, 14; Glover Quin, Detroit, 13; Harrison Smith, Minnesota, 7; Antoine Bethea, San Francisco, 5; Devin McCourty, New England, 2; Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland, 2; Charles Woodson, Oakland, 1; Rashad Johnson, Arizona, 1.

Punter -- z
Pat McAfee, Indianapolis, 26; Johnny Hekker, St. Louis, 12; Sam Koch, Baltimore, 8; Kevin Huber, Cincinnati, 2; Bryan Anger, Jacksonville, 1.

Barry Wilner/AP

Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Personal Award

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Andre Johnson Willing To Take Pay Cut To Stay With Texans

Dec 26, 2014 12:51 PM

Andre Johnson is open to taking a pay cut to remain with the Houston Texans in 2015.

Johnson was interested in a trade last offseason.

"Nobody wants to hear that," said Johnson, when asked if he's willing to reduce his pay, per The Chronicle's Brian T. Smith. "But it's the nature of the business. I've seen it happen, heard it happen, had it happen to friends of mine. I understand that."

 

Johnson's uncle and longtime advisor, Andre Melton, said the wideout, set to make $10.5 million guaranteed in 2015 with a $16.1 salary-cap hit, would rework his contract if necessary.

"We understand it's a business and we're willing to deal with that," Melton said. "And Andre doesn't mind having a pay cut."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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DeAndre Hopkins To Start Despite Ankle Injury

Dec 21, 2014 10:54 AM

DeAndre Hopkins will play in Week 16 despite an ankle injury.

Hopkins sat out practice all week.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Ryan Mallett Prefers To Re-Sign With Texans
Ryan Mallett will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and wants to continue working with Bill O'Brien.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Ryan Fitzpatrick Out For Season With Fractured In Leg
Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered the injury after a 2-yard rush on a 2nd-and-6 play early in the second quarter.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery
Jadeveon Clowney is expected to miss nine months.

Mike Wilkening/Pro Football Talk

J.J. Watt: I'll Let All Of You Worry About MVP
J.J. Watt has 82.5 total quarterback disruptions this seasons, ahead of Von Miller with 64.0 and Justin Houston with 63.0.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Jadeveon Clowney Out For Season With Knee Surgery
Jadeveon Clowney is out for the season and will have surgery on his knee.

ESPN

Andre Johnson Wants To Finish Career With TExans
Andre Johnson wants to play three more seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Ryan Mallett Out For Season With Pectoral Injury
Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to become the Texans' starting quarterback again with Ryan Mallett out.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Arian Foster Inactive For Week 12
Arian Foster is still recovering from an injured groin.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Texans, Titans Interested In Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason and the Browns have been in wait-and-see mode on his long-term future.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Arian Foster Out For Week 11
Arian Foster suffered a groin injury in Week 9 and wasn't able to get all the way back after the Texans' bye in Week 10.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Arian Foster Questionable But Not Expected To Play In Week 11
Arian Foster suffered the groin injury two weeks ago.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Texans Replace Fitzpatrick With Ryan Mallett
Bill O'Brien has been a believer in Ryan Mallett since their time together with the Patriots.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Arian Foster Has Regained 2012 Form
Arian Foster has averaged 122.7 yards, including 12 runs of at least 10 yards and 5.8 yards a carry in the past three games.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Watt, Rivers Win AFC Players Of The Month Award For September
According to Pro Football Focus, J.J. Watt has 32 quarterback pressures this season.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Arian Foster Remains Game-Time Decision For Week 3
Arian Foster rushed 55 times for 241 yards in the first two weeks of the season.

Tania Ganguli/ESPN

Arian Foster Inactive For Week 3 With Hamstring Injury
Arian Foster tested the hamstring Sunday morning after being limited all week in practice.

Kimberly Jones/NFL.com

Texans Considering Using J.J. Watt More As Tight End
Bill O'Brien told reporters he expects to use J.J. Watt "more and more" as a red zone tight end moving forward.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Jadeveon Clowney Out 4-6 Weeks With Knee Surgery
Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will be out four to six weeks.

AP

Jadeveon Clowney May Have Torn Meniscus
Jadeveon Clowney left the game late in the second quarter with a knee injury after landing awkwardly on the ground.

ESPN

Watt's Deal Nearly Identical To Mario Williams' In 2012
J.J. Watt's eight-year includes $51.9 million in total guarantees, while Mario Williams' deal included $50M.

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