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Brian Cushing - LB Posted 4/17/14 3:33pm et
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Cushing is regarded as one of the Texans' defensive leaders, but it's hard to set to tone from the sideline as he's missed 21 of of the team's 33 games, including the playoffs, over the past 2 seasons due to injury issues.

J.J. Watt - DE Posted 4/17/14 10:40pm et
The Houston Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE J.J. Watt's contract.
Huddle Up: Here's a no-brainer as the Texans brace for the coming big-bucks extension for the ultra-talented DE who has an eye-popping 36.5 sacks, 27 passes defensed and 8 forced fumbles in 48 career games.

Arian Foster - RB Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) said he will be able to participate once offseason workouts begin.
Huddle Up: So far, so good this offseason in Foster's recovery from back surgery which limited him to 542 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD in 8 games this past season.

Andre Brown - RB Posted 4/8/14 2:24pm et
Free-agent RB Andre Brown (Giants) has signed a 1-year deal worth $645,000 to play for the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: With Ben Tate gone, the Texans needed a RB2 behind Arian Foster, and they filled that bill with Brown, who had a career-high 8 rushing TDs in 2012 and followed that up with career bests in touches (159) and yards from scrimmage (595) this past season.

Lestar Jean - WR Posted 4/8/14 11:16pm et
The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Lestar Jean (Texans) on Tuesday, April 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Jean who had 10 catches for 186 yards and a TD in 3 seasons with the Texans, will compete for the Vikings' No. 3 WR job with holdovers Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright.

Danieal Manning - S Posted 4/3/14 2:56pm et
The Cincinnati Bengals signed FS Danieal Manning (Texans) Thursday, April 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Manning, who was limited to 24 total tackles and 3 passes defensed in 6 games last season due to a fractured fibula, bolsters the safety position for Cincy, which needed some help.

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 3/21/14 12:28pm et
The Oakland Raiders are expected to send a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans for QB Matt Schaub. Schaub will likely compete with Terrelle Pryor for the starting job in camp. Pryor has been slow to develop and enters his third, and likely, make-or-break season with the club. Schaub will have to perform well to hold him off.
Huddle Up: It's a curious combo for the Raiders, the statue-like pocket passer Schaub and the run-first quarterback Pryor. Maybe Schaub will be asked to help mentor an early 2014 draft pick, or maybe the Raiders truly believe he has something left in the tank.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB Posted 3/20/14 7:38pm et
The Houston Texans signed free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Titans) to an undisclosed 2-year deal Thursday, March 20, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick's signing gives the Texans 4 QBs on the roster, but the team is looking to deal Matt Schaub and Case Keenum and/or T.J. Yates might not be long for the 2014 roster. Instead, it appears Fitz will be the veteran mentor for the QB the Texans are expected to draft, perhaps with the No. 1 overall pick.

Arian Foster - RB Posted 3/16/14 3:54pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) said he has been medically cleared from the back surgery he underwent in November. It is not known if Foster has been cleared just to run or if he is able to participate in all football activities.
Huddle Up: There's sure to be much fantasy debate this summer over Foster, who had only 542 rushing yards and a single ground TD in 8 games this past season and now will be playing in new offense with the coaching switch in Houston.

Garrett Graham - TE Posted 3/13/14 1:53pm et
The Houston Texans re-signed TE Garrett Graham to an undisclosed three-year deal Thursday, March 13, according to a league source. Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Huddle Up: The unheralded Graham -- whose receptions and receiving yardage have increased in each of his 4 NFL seasons -- will stick with the Texans after weighing several other offers. It remains to be seen though if Houston's new coaching staff will continue the previous regime's emphasis on featuring the TEs.

Garrett Graham - TE Posted 3/4/14 3:49pm et
The Houston Texans are working to sign impending free-agent TE Garrett Graham before he hits the open market.
Huddle Up: Graham, entering his 5th NFL season, is a player on the rise after hitting career highs with 49 receptions for 545 yards and 5 TDs this past season, and other teams -- with the Packers reportedly leading the way -- are ready to pounce if he becomes available.

J.J. Watt - DE Posted 2/24/14 2:06pm et
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, and the Texans are getting closer to being forced to make a decision about the star defensive lineman's future. The team has the ability to pick up the team option for a fifth year. The team does not Watt to reach free agency.
Huddle Up: The Texans have options, including picking up Watt's option and/or using the franchise tag. Even more than deciding who they'll pick with the first selection in the draft, locking up Watt might be the team's top priority.

Ben Tate - RB Posted 2/24/14 2:06pm et
The New York Jets are interested in free-agent RB Ben Tate and may also have interest in free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts), who may be stuck behind RB Trent Richardson on the Colts' depth chart should he return.
Huddle Up: The Jets spent free agent money on Chris Ivory last offseason and received decent production from an Ivory/Bilal Powell tandem while Mike Goodwin was bogged down by off-the-field issues. There are plenty of offensive issues to address, and while the ground game might not be at the top of that list Tate and/or Brown would be intriguing additions to the run-heavy Jets offense.

Arian Foster - RB Posted 2/22/14 8:54pm et
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said RB Arian Foster (back) is doing well in his recovery from back surgery.
Huddle Up: The good news is with new coach Bill O'Brien at the helm the Texans won't be anywhere close to as run-heavy as they've been in the past, so Foster's workload will be reduced. The bad news, of course, is that Foster is no longer a bankable fantasy workhorse, what with the high mileage, injury history and new regime.

Andre Johnson - WR Posted 2/14/14 11:49am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said the wrist injury that forced him to miss the Pro Bowl has completely healed. Johnson said he played several weeks with the sore wrist.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound as if Johnson's wrist injury will prevent him from participating in any of the Texans' offseason workouts with their new coaching staff.

Andre Johnson - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:47pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said he would trade the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft if he was in charge of the team.
Huddle Up: This just might come to fruition if the Texans get a solid offer. Houston's top need is at QB, but there doesn't appear to be a clear-cut signal-caller fully worthy of the No. 1 overall choice. Stay tuned . . .

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 1/27/14 3:57pm et
The Oakland Raiders could show interest in Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub if he is released by the Texans this offseason.
Huddle Up: Unlikely that the Texans keep Schaub around, and the Raiders have a definite need for an upgrade at quarterback. Whether Schaub is actually an upgrade, of course, remains to be seen.

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 1/11/14 12:55pm et
The Buffalo Bills could show interest in Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub if he is released by the Texans this offseason. The Bills are expected to add a veteran quarterback this offseason to be a backup quarterback.
Huddle Up: With a new regime in Houston Schaub is unlikely to stick around. And the Bills have plenty of youth at the quarterback position, so a veteran backup would be a nice addition.

Bill O'Brien - TM Posted 12/31/13 11:08am et
The Houston Texans are believed to be close to hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching position and a deal is expected to be made in the next 24 hours.
Huddle Up: O'Brien is widely considered the hot coaching prospect this offseason, especially with Jon Gruden taking his hat out of the ring. Houston was the first to go coachless this season, which gave them a head start on wooing O'Brien from Penn State.

Owen Daniels - TE Posted 12/31/13 11:27am et
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels has one more year on his contract at $4.5 million cash that comes with a $6.25 million cap hit. The Texans might not be able to keep both Daniels and TE Garrett Graham, and another team could afford to pay Graham like a starting tight end. The team would save only somewhere around $3.5 million in cap space if they released Daniels, but he might be a good influence on TE Ryan Griffin's development. Beat writer Tania Ganguli feels that it makes sense for the team to bring Daniels back in 2014.
Huddle Up: Houston has consistently made fantasy contributors out of its tight ends, though they'll be running a different offense next season so that trend may no longer continue. And with Graham also on the market and Griffin looking good in extended late-season action, the Texans may opt to spend money elsewhere.

Case Keenum - QB Posted 12/26/13 10:35pm et
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum (thumb) took his normal amount of throws in practice Thursday, Dec. 26, and head coach Wade Phillips said Keenum will start in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans if he's healthy.
Huddle Up: Just in case you're in dire straits or are playing in a two-QB league . . .

Ben Tate - RB Posted 12/25/13 12:29am et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, doesn't expect to return to the Texans in 2014. Tate confirmed it by saying he 'probably' won't be back but added, 'you never know.' Tate wants a chance to sign with a different team where he can become the starting running back.
Huddle Up: After missing his rookie season, Tate has had a solid 3-year run in Houston as Arian Foster's backup, and it's definitely now time for the RB to head out on his own.

Johnathan Joseph - CB Posted 12/24/13 10:54pm et
The Houston Texans placed CB Johnathan Joseph (toe) and RB Deji Karim (shoulder) on the season-ending Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Dec. 24. The team also signed free-agent RB Ray Graham (Steelers) to the active roster.
Huddle Up: IDP owners take note as the Texans' season is staying brutal until the end with their top cover corner finishing on the shelf.

J.J. Watt - DE Posted 12/24/13 10:54pm et
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (nose) is likely to have plastic surgery in the offseason to fix a deep gash on the bridge of his nose that continues to be reopened every time he plays. The initial injury occurred in Week 4 and required six stitches. Watt said it is 'very painful' each time he gets hit. He used a different helmet in Week 16 and plans to stick with it for the regular season finale. "Once it gets time to heal up and rest, it goes back to pretty normal,' he said. 'We'll see what happens. If it doesn't heal itself, then I will look into getting it fixed."
Huddle Up: Watt has had a productive season with 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss but nothing approaching his monster 2012 season (20.5 sacks, 42 TFLs).

Johnathan Joseph - CB Posted 12/23/13 6:23pm et
Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (toe) will miss Week 17 because of a torn ligament in his toe.
Huddle Up: One of the Texans' best players is going to be out this week. That is good news for Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 12/23/13 11:54pm et
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said QB Case Keenum (thumb) has not been ruled out for Week 17 and will be evaluated during practice this week. Phillips indicated QB T.J. Yates could start over QB Matt Schaub if Keenum is not able to play.
Huddle Up: Making his first start Sunday since Week 6, Schaub was an ugly 18-of-37 for 176 yards, a TD and 2 interceptions in the loss to the Broncos, and the Texans have nothing to lose -- aside from a 14th straight game -- by going with Yates in the finale. Fantasy owners are advised to steer clear of whoever gets the call, though.

Jonathan Grimes - RB Posted 12/23/13 11:54pm et
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes will be the starting running back Week 17.
Huddle Up: With Dennis Johnson questionable with a hip injury and Deji Karim suffering a broken collarbone in Week 16, the Texans are down to their fifth-string RB. Use him only as a last resort.

Johnathan Joseph - CB Posted 12/22/13 10:26pm et
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (foot) was unable to return to the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos due to a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Joseph was one of the few Texans defenders playing well. The Titans get them at home next week, making Fitzpatrick and Co. tantalizing options in Week 17.

Andre Johnson - WR Posted 12/20/13 6:30pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20, but is probable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been limited in 2 straight practices after sitting out Wednesday, but you should be able to count on him as usual. Just check back Sunday morning with the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report.

Ben Tate - RB Posted 12/18/13 2:45pm et
The Houston Texans have placed Ben Tate (ribs) on Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: It's the Dennis Johnson show in championship week. If you are desperate to fill a RB or flex slot, Johnson is a decent option with Tate on IR.

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