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 Latest Texans Player Notes
Sep 22 2014 - Alfred Blue
  RB Alfred Blue has 24 carries for 118 yards in his last two games, including 13 for 78 against the Giants.

Sep 22 2014 - Shane Lechler
  P Shane Lechler averaged 51.3 yards, including a 64-yarder, before he got obliterated on a blocked punt, leaving him with a hip flexor.

Sep 22 2014 - Brian Cushing
  ILB Brian Cushing tied a team record by participating in 17 tackles. Unfortunately, too many of them were in the Texans' secondary.

Sep 22 2014 - Damaris Johnson
  WR Damaris Johnson, who plays in the slot, caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Sep 22 2014 - Andre Johnson
  WR Andre Johnson was limited to four catches for 24 yards against the Giants.

Sep 20 2014 - Shiloh Keo
  S Shiloh Keo (calf) is out for Sunday's game at the New York Giants.

Sep 20 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Sunday's game at the New York Giants.

Sep 17 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster has scored 50 touchdowns dating back to the start of the 2010 season, tying him with Adrian Peterson for the league lead.

Sep 17 2014 - Justin Tuggle
  ILB Justin Tuggle, who signed as an undrafted draft choice last year, has won the starting job next to Brian Cushing.

Sep 17 2014 - Chris Myers
  C Chris Myers has started 114 consecutive games, the longest active streak of any NFL center. He hasn't missed a start since the Texans acquired him from Denver in 2008 for a sixth-round draft choice.

Sep 17 2014 - Andre Johnson
  WR Andre Johnson leads the Texans with 12 catches for 167 yards, but he has one fewer touchdown catch than defensive end J.J. Watt (one).

Sep 17 2014 - Ricky Sapp
  OLB Ricky Sapp, who was waived during preseason, was re-signed. Jason Ankrah, an undrafted rookie, was placed on waivers. The coaches wanted a player with experience for the backup role.

Sep 16 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  SS D.J. Swearinger is off to a splendid start. He's a big reason the Texans are unbeaten and have allowed only 20 points, fewest in the NFL. No player on the team has made more big plays than Swearinger, who has been involved in three of the six turnovers, two that saved touchdowns and one that set up a touchdown. "As a DB, everybody has the ability to play, but he's got an instinctive skill, and it shows in his play," veteran safety Danieal Manning said. "A lot of young players don't have that. They develop it later on as they get experience. DJ has it now. He's got a real knack for the ball."

Sep 16 2014 - Josh Aubrey
  S Josh Aubrey was signed to the practice squad by the Texans Tuesday (Sept. 16).

Sep 16 2014 - Ricky Sapp
  OLB Ricky Sapp was signed by the Texans Tuesday (Sept. 16).

Sep 15 2014 - Derek Newton
  RT Derek Newton, who was the weak link on the offensive line last season, was outstanding blocking Washington's Ryan Kerrigan and Oakland's Justin Tuck. He hasn't allowed a sack.

Sep 15 2014 - Shane Lechler
  P Shane Lechler has a 50.8-yard gross and a 40.9 net. He's punted eight times.

Sep 15 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins has two touchdown catches in two games. Andre Johnson has none -- one fewer than J.J. Watt.

Sep 15 2014 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has a 118.4 rating. He ranks second in the NFL to Peyton Manning.

Sep 15 2014 - Brooks Reed
  OLB Brooks Reed, who's off to the best start of his four-year career, intercepted his first pass. In the fourth quarter at Oakland, J.J. Watt hit rookie quarterback Derek Carr as he threw, and the ball fluttered into Reed's hands. To get ready for the season, Reed spent two months in Wisconsin working out with Watt. This is the last season of Reed's career.

Sep 15 2014 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt scored the second touchdown of his four-year career against Oakland, but it wasn't on defense. As a rookie, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in a wild-card playoff victory over Cincinnati. Watt scored the Texans' first touchdown against the Raiders when he played tight end and was wide open in the end zone for a perfect 1-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I'm fortunate my team put enough trust in me to put me out there," he said. "Any way you can help the team win. It's been a little while." That was Watt's first offensive touchdown since his senior year of high school.

Sep 14 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  SS D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble and recovered a fumble Sunday against Oakland, but he left the game in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury. Texans coach Bill O'Brien had no update after the game on Swearinger's injury.

Sep 14 2014 - Shane Lechler
  P Shane Lechler played his first game at the O.co Coliseum since leaving the Raiders and signing with Houston last season as a free agent. Lechler played his first 13 NFL seasons with Oakland. Lechler punted just twice in Houston's 30-14 victory against Oakland, averaging 50 yards with a long of 65. He put one punt inside the 20-yard line.

Sep 14 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster carried 28 times for 138 yards and one touchdown Sunday in Houston's 30-14 win against the Raiders. Foster cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight week to start this season after missing the final eight games last year with a back injury. He carried 27 times for 103 yards in Houston's 17-6 season-opening victory against Washington.

Sep 14 2014 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first quarter of Houston's 30-14 victory Sunday against the Raiders. It was Watt's first career NFL catch and his second touchdown. He returned an interception for a touchdown during a playoff game against Cincinnati in the 2011 season. Watt, who caught his first TD pass since high school, said he didn't even lobby his coaches very much to play tight end. "I've done that in the past, and it's never really worked," Watt said. "I thought they were teasing me when they were first talking about it, but we put it in and it works in a game. To have a chance to score a touchdown in an NFL game on the offensive side of the ball is something that's pretty darn cool for me."

Sep 11 2014 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt didn't practice on Thursday because of a virus but will start against the Raiders.

Sep 11 2014 - C.J. Fiedorowicz
  TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, the third-round pick who started in place of the injured Garrett Graham, isn't expected to play against the Raiders because of an ankle injury.

Sep 11 2014 - Garrett Graham
  TE Garrett Graham, who missed the first game with a back injury, practiced this week and will start against the Raiders.

Sep 11 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  SS D.J. Swearinger is coming off the best game of his career. He sets the tempo for the defense with his physical style. He's an emotional player who does a lot of trash talking, which he needs to temper. Against the Redskins, he had eight tackles, one sack, two hits on the quarterback and a forced fumble at the Texans' 8-yard line.

Sep 11 2014 - Brian Cushing
  ILB Brian Cushing is still rusty after so much inactivity. He played two series in preseason. He had five tackles against the Redskins, including one hit on the quarterback. As he continues to get healthy, his performance should improve.

Sep 11 2014 - Damaris Johnson
  WR Damaris Johnson, who was claimed on waivers after the roster reduction to 53, returned kickoffs and punts in the first game. Keshawn Martin was supposed to handle those duties as he did last season. Johnson averaged 28 yards on kickoff returns and 7 yards on punt returns. He also had 15 snaps as a slot receiver. That's another job that belonged to Martin last season.

Sep 11 2014 - Johnathan Joseph
  CB Johnathan Joseph missed preseason but started against the Redskins, making a team-high 11 unassisted tackles. He played more zone against Washington than he played under the previous regime with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Sep 11 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown against Washington. He and Andre Johnson combined for 10 receptions and 182 yards. The rest of the Texans caught four passes for 24 yards.

Sep 10 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  SS D.J. Swearinger is coming off the best game of his career. He sets the tempo for the defense with his physical style. He's an emotional player who does a lot of trash talking, which he needs to temper. Against the Redskins, he had eight tackles, one sack, two hits on the quarterback and a forced fumble at the Texans' 8-yard line.

Sep 10 2014 - Brian Cushing
  ILB Brian Cushing is still rusty after so much inactivity. He played two series in preseason. He had five tackles against the Redskins, including one hit on the quarterback. As he continues to get healthy, his performance should improve.

Sep 10 2014 - Damaris Johnson
  WR Damaris Johnson, who was claimed on waivers after the roster reduction to 53, returned kickoffs and punts in the first game. Keshawn Martin was supposed to handle those duties as he did last season. Johnson averaged 28 yards on kickoff returns and 7 yards on punt returns. He also had 15 snaps as a slot receiver. That's another job that belonged to Martin last season.

Sep 10 2014 - Johnathan Joseph
  CB Johnathan Joseph missed preseason but started against the Redskins, making a team-high 11 unassisted tackles. He played more zone against Washington than he played under the previous regime with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Sep 10 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown against Washington. He and Andre Johnson combined for 10 receptions and 182 yards. The rest of the Texans caught four passes for 24 yards.

Sep 10 2014 - Josh Aubrey
  S Josh Aubrey was released from the practice squad by the Seahawks Monday (Sept. 8).

Sep 8 2014 - DeVier Posey
  WR DeVier Posey, who was so impressive in preseason, was inactive because he was caught in a numbers game. Four receivers were active compared to 10 defensive backs.

Sep 8 2014 - Garrett Graham
  TE Garrett Graham didn't play because of a back injury. He was replaced by rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz, who spent most of his debut blocking for the running game.

Sep 8 2014 - Duane Brown
  LT Duane Brown led a terrific performance by an offensive line that allowed one sack when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tripped, fumbled, picked up the ball and was brought down.

Sep 8 2014 - Andre Johnson
  WR Andre Johnson had one catch in the first half and five in the second.

Sep 8 2014 - Brooks Reed
  OLB Brooks Reed, who's in the last year of his contract, may have played the best game of his career. He had a sack, three hits on the quarterback, two tackles for loss and five tackles. He set up another sack and flushed a player tackled for a 9-yard loss by Jadeveon Clowney.

Sep 7 2014 - Johnathan Joseph
  CB Johnathan Joseph finished with a game-high 11 tackles after sitting out the entire preseason following offseason toe surgery. The Texans felt no need to rush any of their veterans back during the preseason, and Joseph looked sharp despite the extended time off.

Sep 7 2014 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 14 of 22 attempts for 206 yards, but 76 of those yards came on a touchdown pass to WR DeAndre Hopkins. Otherwise, Fitzpatrick averaged just 6.2 yards per attempt while the Texans scuffled to muster much in the passing game against an aggressive Redskins defensive front. "It was good to get everybody out there on the field and we need to continue to just get better and improve all season long," Fitzpatrick said.

Sep 7 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  LB Jadeveon Clowney was lost to a knee injury in the first half and the team fears he suffered a torn meniscus that could lead to a 4-to-6 week absence and arthroscopic surgery. Clowney has battled injuries since the Texans drafted him first overall last spring, missing most of the summer following hernia surgery before suffering a concussion during a preseason practice against the Denver Broncos. "I will say right now that they (team doctors) think it's a good prognosis so it looks like he's going to be OK," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He may miss some time, he may not. Who knows? We'll know better as the week goes on."

Sep 7 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster -- after sitting out the second half of last season following back surgery and then missing the preseason -- produced his 26th career 100-yard game and provided the Texans with a ball-control option they sorely needed. If Foster is durable and productive, it will afford the Texans time to establish a comfort level with new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "He did a good job. He got some really tough yards," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I thought Arian got every inch that he could out of the running game and he meant a lot to our team today."

Sep 7 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  D.J. Swearinger has the ability to back up his boastful talk. Entering his second season, Swearinger earned a reputation as a chatty safety without the results to warrant his motor mouth. Against the Redskins he was impactful, recording a sack, forcing a fumble and totaling eight tackles, second to cornerback Johnathan Joseph. "Hey, he's a man of his word," Texans safety Kendrick Lewis said. "He backed it up. The guy came out and played ball, played relentless and was a big part of our success this game."

Sep 7 2014 - J.J. Watt
  DL J.J. Watt recorded five hits on Redskins QB Robert Griffin, plus two tackles for loss and a sack while also recovering a fumble, batting down a pass and blocking an extra point. He was the linchpin of a disruptive unit that harassed Griffin throughout the contest and set the tone for the season by playing fast and physical. "J.J. is a great player, and I credit out offensive line doing a good job battling with him the entire game," Griffin said. "He's a phenomenal player; they're going to make those plays every now and then. You just want to limit those."


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