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Aug 27 2014 - Anthony McClung
  WR Anthony McClung cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured Wednesday (Aug. 27) by the Texans.

Aug 27 2014 - Paul Hazel
  LB Paul Hazel cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured Wednesday (Aug. 27) by the Texans.

Aug 27 2014 - David Quessenberry
  G David Quessenberry (lymphoma) was placed on reserve/non-football illness by the Texans Monday (Aug. 25).

Aug 27 2014 - Lonnie Ballentine
  S Lonnie Ballentine was placed on reserve/injured by the Texans Monday (Aug. 25).

Aug 25 2014 - Chris Boswell
  K Chris Boswell, an undrafted rookie, has fallen behind incumbent Randy Bullock, according to coach Bill O'Brien. Boswell was given a chance to punt against the Broncos because Shane Lechler was being rested. Boswell put four of his six punts inside the 20.

Aug 25 2014 - Ryan Griffin
  TE Ryan Griffin, who led the team in preseason catches as a rookie last season and led the team over the last three games in the regular season, was third off the bench at his position. He had team highs of five catches for 71 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown.

Aug 25 2014 - Brandon Brooks
  RG Brandon Brooks, who started for the first time last season and was a dynamic run blocker, came off the non-football injury list last week and practiced hard in the altitude at Denver. He'd been sidelined with a back injury. He played almost the entire game against the Broncos and played well.

Aug 25 2014 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus started in place of the injured Jadeveon Clowney and played his best game, leading the team with six unassisted tackles and registering a sack. Mercilus said he'd been thinking too much and felt much more comfortable. As a rookie in 2012, he had 6.5 sacks as a reserve. As a first-time starter last season, he had seven.

Aug 25 2014 - Andre Johnson
  WR Andre Johnson made his preseason debut, playing in the first quarter against Denver. He caught three passes for 18 yards from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Aug 25 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster didn't play against Denver. That means he's missed eight consecutive preseason games - the last one in 2012, all four in 2013 and the first three this season. Coach Bill O'Brien didn't rule out that Foster might play Thursday against San Francisco, but don't count on it. They need him healthy for the regular season. Foster has looked good in five practices against Atlanta and Denver the last two weeks. "Any time you get a back in there with the talent of Arian Foster, that helps your whole offense," O'Brien said. "He'll be ready to play Thursday if we need him. That's still being evaluated."

Aug 25 2014 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing played against Denver, his first appearance since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee and a fractured fibula in his lower leg against Kansas City last season. He played two series. "It was exciting to be back," Cushing said. "I feel good. I was glad to get some reps. The more reps I get, the better I'll be. I expect to make plays when I'm on the field. I felt good about making the calls. I had the mental part down." Cushing had one tackle for loss and a penalty for illegal hands to the face.

Aug 25 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  S D.J. Swearinger ended the season of Jets tight end Dustin Keller in 2013 by hitting him low and causing a season-ending knee injury. Swearinger said he didn't want to risk a penalty for hitting him too high. In the victory at Denver, Swearinger was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting receiver Wes Welker too high. Swearinger led with his shoulder but hit Welker in the head, causing a concussion. After quarterback Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to finish the series, he ran up to Swearinger and got in the safety's face, drawing a taunting penalty. "Yeah, he was mad," Swearinger said about the Welker hit. "I wasn't shocked at all because he said something to me after I made the hit. It's all football, bro. I led with my shoulder. That's all I could do. He's a short guy." The penalty didn't hurt the Broncos because there were only five seconds left in the first half. Coach Bill O'Brien didn't seem too upset with Swearinger or the call against him. "I thought all the calls the guys made were fair calls," O'Brien said. "The way he plays the game, he's an emotional guy. He loves football, and that's what I love about him. Emotion is something I think every team needs. "From the day we arrived here, he was one of the first guys in the building, worked hard in our weight room, worked hard out on the practice field in OTAs and has worked extremely hard to get better in training camp."

Aug 21 2014 - Shane Lechler
  P Shane Lechler, who turned 38 this month, has punted six times in two games. He has a 49.7-yard gross and a 43.2 net. In the altitude of Denver, where he punted every season when he played for Oakland, no telling how much he'll boost those averages on Saturday night.

Aug 21 2014 - D.J. Swearinger
  D.J. Swearinger, the second-year strong safety, spent a lot of time during practice this week banging on Denver receivers and then talking about it to them afterward. He's got to be careful about drawing taunting penalties in games. Swearinger is a ferocious hitter who's worked hard to improve in coverage.

Aug 21 2014 - Tyson Clabo
  T Tyson Clabo, who started on the right side in last week's victory over Atlanta, one of his former teams, has been practicing against another of his former teams, the Broncos. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver. The executive who signed him was Rick Smith, the Texans' general manager. Clabo is expected to be the swing tackle behind starters Duane Brown and Derek Newton.

Aug 21 2014 - James Ferentz
  C James Ferentz, the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, is starting his second consecutive game in place of Chris Myers, who's out with an undisclosed injury. Myers, who's never missed a start, will be ready for the opener against Washington. Ferentz is 6-2, 285. The coaches like him because he's smart, strong, scrappy and has a tremendous work ethic.

Aug 21 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins had a spectacular week of practice against the Broncos. He made six outstanding catches, including three touchdowns with Broncos defensive backs draped all over him. Hopkins has strong hands and excellent leaping ability that begins with exceptional timing.

Aug 21 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  OLB Jadeveon Clowney was making a good impression on the Broncos before he left Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury. He walked off with no problem, spent the rest of practice on a trainer's table under a tent not getting treatment, then walked to the bus without a problem after practice. Still, Clowney wasn't at Thursday's practice. "He's doing fine," coach Bill O'Brien said. "We just held him out today. He'll be fine." Before he was injured, Clowney impressed the Broncos. "A couple of those moves (Clowney) makes are very impressive," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "He's so quick and so fast. "He's such a freak as far as his athletic ability. It's been good for us to go against him." Added defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, "(Clowney) comes in with a high pedigree, and just looking at the way he moves out here, he'll fit into that (greatness) category." Clowney is making the transition from defensive end in college to outside linebacker in a 3-4 in the NFL the same transition DeMarcus Ware made with the Dallas Cowboys. Ware is playing in his first season with the Broncos. "You can see his athleticism," Ware said. "He's still young, but he's a great player. Experience comes with years and maturing of the game and figuring out the speed of it."

Aug 21 2014 - J.J. Watt
  During the Texans' three days of joint practices with the Broncos at Denver, defensive end J.J. Watt was in the news. It started with Watt going public with his frustrations over his failure to get a contract extension. Watt's agent, Tom Condon, has been involved in negotiations with the Texans on an extension, but they've been unable to reach an agreement. Watt's in the fourth year of the four-year contract he signed in 2011, with a base salary this year of $1.9 million. In May, the Texans exercised a fifth-year option in 2015 for $6.9 million. "I sure as heck hope we can make something happen," Watt said. "I get paid to go after quarterbacks. There are people who get paid to decide how much I get paid to go after quarterbacks. I'll let them decide that (how much he's worth). "I hope I've given the effort and everything they could want to hopefully show that appreciation." General manager Rick Smith has a policy of no contract negotiations during the regular season, so they're working with a deadline. Watt has no intention of playing anywhere but Houston. "I love the fans we have," he said. "I love the relationship we have. The city's so great. The way they've treated (me) and my family, I couldn't ask for a better place to play." Watt wouldn't consider holding out. "Because that would cause me to miss time with my teammates, and right now, I want to practice," he said. "I want to be out here with these young guys. I want to teach them the things I know. "I want to better myself. It hasn't really come to that. I want to be a Houston Texan. I want to play football. I want to be the best I can be, and I can't do that by sitting on my couch." Watt was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. That was the first draft class under the new collective bargaining agreement that severely reduced guaranteed money for first-round picks. Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson and Dallas offensive tackle Tyron Smith were selected ahead of

Aug 21 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  OLB Jadeveon Clowney finished practice in the medical tent Wednesday at the Denver Broncos' team facility. He left practice with 35 minutes remaining, and there were conflicting reports about the nature of his injury. The Houston Chronicle reported Clowney left with a groin injury. Clowney more than held his own against Denver left tackle Ryan Clady to disrupt quarterback Peyton Manning, but appeared to be favoring his left shoulder or left side of his neck, according to USA Today. He did not receive medical treatment before the team ushered him to a bus following practice. The biggest indication the injury might not be serious: head coach Bill O'Brien was not briefed on Clowney's condition and said he was unaware there was any injury to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Clowney was back at full strength after undergoing sports hernia surgery in June. Two more practices -- Thursday and a walkthrough Friday -- are scheduled at the Broncos team facility before Saturday night's game. Clowney's status for Saturday's game is uncertain.

Aug 17 2014 - Justin Tuggle
  ILB Justin Tuggle, who made the team last year as an undrafted free agent, started his second consecutive game. He can play inside or outside. If he continues to play well, Tuggle could earn a starting job next to Brian Cushing when he's finally able to play. Cushing returned to practice on a limited basis last week.

Aug 17 2014 - Andre Hal
  CB Andre Hal made Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates feel at home when he returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown. Last season with the Texans, Yates had one of the team's NFL-record five interceptions returned for a touchdown, including four by Matt Schaub.

Aug 17 2014 - Jonathan Grimes
  RB Jonathan Grimes, starting in place of Arian Foster, who was kept out even though he returned to practice, led the team in rushing for the second game in a row. He carried nine times for 42 yards. The Texans ran for 138 yards and averaged 4.2 a carry.

Aug 17 2014 - Chris Boswell
  K Chris Boswell missed two extra points before connecting on a 33-yard field goal. He's behind in his attempt to unseat veteran Randy Bullock, who made a 40-yard field goal and two extra points.

Aug 17 2014 - Keshawn Martin
  WR Keshawn Martin came off the bench to catch three passes for 39 yards and carry three times for 26 yards. His carries were backward passes, including a 12-yard gain. Coach Bill O'Brien called him one of the team's most improved players. He's also the team's best return man. He had a 33-yard kickoff return and a 16-yard punt return.

Aug 15 2014 - Louis Nix III
  NT Louis Nix III, a third-round pick, returned to practice this week. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before camp. He's participated in practice and should play against the Falcons. If he stays healthy and gets in good football shape, he could start in the opener against Washington.

Aug 15 2014 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus, a former first-round pick who had 6.5 sacks off the bench as a rookie and seven as a first-time starter last season, is running second team. He struggled against Arizona and looked lost at times. He's talented and works hard, but he's not making plays.

Aug 15 2014 - C.J. Fiedorowicz
  TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, a third-round pick, got a lot of playing time against Arizona and should again against Atlanta. At 6-5, 265, he was drafted because he's a strong blocker, but he's also showing soft hands and nifty route running for a player his size. The coaches like his work ethic and how quick he picks things up.

Aug 15 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins, last year's first-round pick who had 52 catches for 802 yards, continues to be a star of camp. He's catching just about everything thrown at him. And he's excelled in two practices against the Falcons, especially on fade routes.

Aug 15 2014 - Brian Cushing
  ILB Brian Cushing passed his physical, was removed from active/physically unable to perform and returned to practice for the first time since the seventh game of last season. He was limited against the Falcons, though. "It felt great (but), it's a very small step, and September 7 will be the big step," Cushing said about the regular-season opener against Washington. "Just being back out with the team is the most important thing. Obviously, I'm going to ease my way back into it. It feels good to get back out here and practice football. You can only do so much in the classroom. "There's a major difference between practicing and playing. I'm in really good shape right now, but there's football shape, and I've got to get there." Last year, Cushing suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee and a fractured fibula against Kansas City and was lost for the season. It was the second consecutive year he suffered a season-ending knee injury. "It's been a tough past two years, but I feel like the worst part is over," he said. "It was tough not being out here. You have a new staff, and you want to show them what you can do and what your value is to the team, so that was put on hold a little. "I don't know if I have to prove who I am (to) them or myself. I'm just a competitive guy, and I want to prove I can help the team and do a good job. That's really important to me, something I focus on a lot." Cushing isn't expected to play against Atlanta.

Aug 13 2014 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing practiced for the first time this year with the Texans and could play in Saturday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Cushing, 27, was activated from the physically unable to perform list. He hits the field determined to shake the injury-prone label tagged on him because of 20 games lost to injury the past two seasons. Cushing had a broken fibula and torn LCL that caused him to miss most of last season. He was hurt in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs on a low block by running back Jamaal Charles.

Aug 13 2014 - Louis Nix III
  NT louis Nix passed his physical and was cleared to practice Tuesday.

Aug 11 2014 - Max Bullough
  ILB Max Bullough, an undrafted rookie who's competing for a spot on the team, made a good first impression. He had six tackles against Arizona, including five unassisted. He also recorded five tackles for loss. Bullough also is a good special teams player who'll have to excel to make the team in a reserve role.

Aug 11 2014 - Mike Thomas
  WR Mike Thomas, who is the slot receiver, led the team with four receptions for 40 yards. Last year, Keshawn Martin was the slot receiver. The coaches like Thomas' quickness, route running and experience.

Aug 11 2014 - Ben Jones
  LG Ben Jones, who has started at right guard and is the backup center, continues to earn praise from coach Bill O'Brien for his performance in practice and against Arizona. The coaches like Jones because he's got a nasty disposition and will do anything to win his one-on-one battles.

Aug 11 2014 - Xavier Su'a-Filo
  G Xavier Su'a-Filo, the 33rd overall pick in the draft, worked with the first team at right guard on Monday. He played left tackle with the second team against Arizona. "He's improved," O'Brien said. "He's played tackle (and) guard, and he's done some quarterback-center exchange in the pre-practice. He's doing a lot and getting better. "It's hard for a rookie to come in on the interior of the offensive line and get used to that right away. Everybody's stronger (and) quicker. "The one thing that helps us with him is he's able to play center, so when you learn center, you really learn all the calls and the blocking assignments for the whole line because you're the captain of the ship along with the quarterback." Su'a-Filo welcomes the workload. He started at guard and tackle at UCLA. "It's really not that bad," he said about learning multiple positions under new line coach Paul Dunn. "When you learn guard, you have to know what the tackle and center do as a unit. It's not too difficult. "I've got to keep plugging away and continuing to capitalize on my reps in practice. The coaches do a good job of moving me around so I feel comfortable. I'm not where I need to be, though, not even close. "Don't make the same mistakes I made in the first game in the second game and continue to get better. If I improve every day in practice, then I'll be happy."

Aug 11 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  LB Jadeveon Clowney, the top pick in the draft, made some good plays in his debut. He excelled against the run, applied pressure on the quarterback but looked awkward dropping into coverage. "I was a little nervous," he said, "but when I came out and saw the lights and got my first contact, I loosened up." Only on the first series, fans got a chance to see something opponents will see a lot in the regular season - Clowney standing outside right defensive end J.J. Watt in some passing situations. It resulted in Watt getting a sack on his one series. Clowney allowed a touchdown pass that was wiped out because of a penalty. "I do whatever the coaches ask," he said. "I thought I did OK. I can get better." Receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster have been out with hamstring injuries. The Texans are hoping they can return to practice this week against Atlanta and play against the Falcons on Saturday night. "I've spoken to both those guys (and), they're doing better," coach Bill O'Brien said. "It's a long season, and our trainers are doing a great job with them. Seems like they've improved, and, hopefully, they can do something this week."

Aug 6 2014 - Bryan Witzmann
  T Bryan Witzmann cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured by the Texans.

Aug 5 2014 - Louis Nix III
  NT Louis Nix III, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before training camp, is supposed to be ready for the opener against Washington. Meanwhile, Jerrell Powe, a career backup, is the starting nose tackle with another veteran, Ricardo Mathews, as the primary backup. Powe and Mathews will get a lot of playing time against the Cardinals.

Aug 5 2014 - Uzoma Nwachukwu
  WR EZ Nwachukwu, who spent his rookie season on the practice squad, has shown tremendous improvement. He's going to get a lot of playing time in preseason considering how impressive he's been in training camp. He gets off the line well, runs sound routes and has good ball skills.

Aug 5 2014 - James Ferentz
  C James Ferentz, who signed as an undrafted free agent, is the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. The younger Ferentz is undersized as 6-2, 285, but the coaches say he's smart, competitive and coachable. He'll play a lot in the preseason opener against Arizona.

Aug 5 2014 - Kareem Jackson
  CB Kareem Jackson might move inside to nickel corner in passing situations. He's started on the outside for four years and will start outside in the last year of his contract. He's also been mentioned as a candidate to return punts, but that doesn't seem likely considering how valuable he is to the defense.

Aug 5 2014 - DeAndre Hopkins
  WR DeAndre Hopkins, last year's first-round pick, has been a star at camp, catching just about everything thrown to him. Players usually make their most improvement in their second seasons, and he's been making acrobatic catches all over the field.

Aug 5 2014 - Bronson Irwin
  G Bronson Irwin was signed by the Texans Aug. 4

Aug 5 2014 - Bryan Witzmann
  T Bryan Witzmann was waived/injured by the Texans August 1 and and placed on reserve/injured the next day.

Aug 5 2014 - Jonathan Grimes
  RB Jonathasn Grimes passed his physical July 31 and was cleared for practice.

Jul 30 2014 - DeVier Posey
  WR DeVier Posey, entering his third season. Stays after practice longer than any player on the team. He works with the JUGS machine. Posey's teammates predict the former third-round pick is going to have a breakout season based on what they've seen from him in the offseason program and early in camp.

Jul 30 2014 - Chris Boswell
  P Chris Boswell, signed as a free agent from Rice, has been outstanding in his competition with Randy Bullock. Boswell has a tremendous leg for kickoffs and has been accurate on field goals. The coaches are eager to see him in preseason games.

Jul 30 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney
  OLB Jadeveon Clowney, who has participated in practice but hasn't gone full speed because he's still recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, was turned loose in pads and showed incredible quickness off the ball.

Jul 30 2014 - Arian Foster
  RB Arian Foster returned to practice after missing two days with a hamstring injury.

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