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Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Texans are taking a swing at the second round of free agency. The team came to terms with free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Shorts, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a two-year $6 million contract. Shorts caught 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown last season. Wilfork, 33, also signed a two-year deal, worth $9 million.  He had spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots.  Wilfork will join former teammate Mike Vrabel -- who now serves as the teams linebacker coach -- as well as former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is Houston's head coach. Wilfork thanked the New England fans on his Twitter page after signing with Houston: "Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Texans Grant WR Johnson Permission to Seek Trade

Report: Texans Grant WR Johnson Permission to Seek Trade Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx) -- The face of the Houston Texans offense wants out. Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been granted permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN.  The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle and KRIV. Johnson, 33, has also demanded that if a trade partner cannot be found that he be released from the team he has spent all 12 seasons of his career with. Last year, Johnson threatened to hold out in hopes of being traded or released but played through the 2014 season. With a revolving door at quarterback, that included Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum, Johnson posted 85 catches for 936 yards and three touchdowns.  Johnson's impact on the team began to diminish as second year wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins became the prime target on offense. The Texans selected Johnson third overall in the 2003 NFL draft out of the University of Miami. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans

Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens enter Sunday's game against the Texans holding onto the final spot in the AFC playoffs. With the Chiefs and Chargers right behind them, Baltimore understands the importance of getting a win against Houston. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects it to be a tough game on the body. "Every time we play Houston, it's always extremely physical," he said Wednesday.  "They're always committed to running the football; they have one of the best backs in football [Arian Foster]." Baltimore is 4-3 on the road this season and Houston is 3-3 at home. "We've played down there a good amount," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said.  "It's not going to be a new scene, we've played against most of those guys, how much that really matters, I don't know." Houston Pro-Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt has recorded seven sacks in the last three games for a season total of 16 1/2, which is third in the league. When asked what will happen if Watt gets to him on Sunday, Flacco said, "I'm going to pick myself up off the ground. I don't know who hits me; I hope it's not him. I hope it's not any of them." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The enormous hype that surrounded the top pick in 2014's NFL draft has fallen flat. Texan's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, according to a statement from the Houston Texans. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the recovery time for Clowney will be around nine months.  His return will likely be after the 2015 pre-season.  It is possible he could start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list. "We expect a full recovery," Texans general manager Rick Smith told ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli. Clowney entered the league with enormous attention and promise for his ability to rush the passer. Since being drafted, his season has been injury-plagued. He suffered a concussion in an August practice with Denver. He then suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the season opener against the Washington Redskins. "This guy's a football player. He wants to play football, he wants to be good. He was disappointed," Head Coach Bill O'Brien said via Twitter. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texans Dominate Titans

Texans Dominate Titans Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick returned as the starting quarterback for the Texans Sunday, when Houston hosted the Tennessee Titans. He took out his frustrations of being benched on the Titans, as he threw for six touchdowns in the Texans' 45-21 victory. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing 24 of 33 passes for 358 yards.  "I didn't know if I'd ever have a chance to play again," Fitzpatrick said. "It was eye-opening for me not to take it for granted and to embrace it." Fitzpatrick had been benched for poor performance two weeks ago in favor of Ryan Mallett. He returned to the starting lineup after Mallett was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.  DeAndre Hopkins was his prime target as he reeled in nine catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns.  Another touchdown pass went to defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt now has five touchdowns on the season. This was his third receiving score on the season to go with two defensive touchdowns (one fumble return, one interception return). The Texans move to 6-6 and travel to face the Jaguars next weekend. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio    

Browns Cut Ben Tate

Browns Cut Ben Tate Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns signed running back Ben Tate to a two-year, $6.2 million contract this offseason. Tuesday, the Browns released Tate after he suited up for only ten games.   The Browns signed Tate away from the Houston Texans to be their feature back in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Tate proved to offer little in Cleveland. When playing his old team this past week, Tate carried the ball twice for -9 yards.  Tate had also complained about sharing carries with fellow running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.  When asked about the release, General Manager Ray Farmer stated, "With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team. This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4) Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1) Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7) St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3) San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7) Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6) Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4) Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3) Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3) San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10) NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7) Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5) Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8) NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts) Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts) Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts) Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1) (2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2) (3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1) (6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2) (9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1) (10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2) (19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2) (21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2) (23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2) Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1) NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans Win

Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans WinScott Halleran/Getty Images(Cleveland, Oh.) -- Defensive end J.J. Watt is making a case to be the MVP of the league. Sunday, the Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-7 and J.J. Watt scored his fourth touchdown of the season.   Ryan Mallet was m...

Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.   Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game. "Our main goal this week is to be 1-0," Hoyer said. "We're not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons." Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate -- Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England. "I can honestly say it's the strongest arm I've ever seen," Hoyer said of Mallett.   Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots. "I don't think I'd be the player I am today without Billy," Hoyer said. "My time in New England, I remember him telling me 'I don't really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan', I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching.  It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sanchez Leads Eagles In Relief of Injured Foles

Sanchez Leads Eagles In Relief of Injured Foles Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(HOUSTON, TX) -- Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Nick Foles injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter against the Houston Texans. Mark Sanchez took over and led the Eagles to a high-flying 31-21 victory over the Texans. Sanchez entered the game and immediately led the Eagles on a scoring drive.  On his first play he connected with Jeremy Maclin for a 52-yard gain.  A few plays later he found rookie Jordan Matthews for his first touchdown pass since December 2012. The former first-round pick of the New York Jets finished the day 15-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Aiding the effort was the Eagles defense, as they harassed Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, sacking him four times and intecepting him once. The Eagles are now 6-2 with an upcoming matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in less than 90 seconds, to pick up a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night. It was the 16th straight victory for the Steelers on Monday Night Football. Trailing 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Steelers (4-3) got on the board with a Shaun Suisham field goal at the 3:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass that brought Pittsburgh within three at 13-10. What happened next changed the course of the game. Two plays after the touchdown, Houston's Arian Foster fumbled deep in his own territory to give the Steelers perfect field possession. Wide receiver Antonio Brown then delivered a three-yard pass to Lance Moore on a reverse, putting Pittsburgh ahead 17-13. Things only escalated for the Texans (3-4) when Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was tipped an intercepted on the very next play. That set-up another scoring drive for Pittsburgh, capped off by a Roethlisberger two-yard strike to Le'Veon Ball, making it a 24-13 ball game at halftime. "You stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see explosions such as that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "It was good to be on the good side of it." The Steelers only mustered a pair of second-half field goals and had to hold off a late rally by the Texans. Houston pulled within a touchdown when Fitzpatrick and Foster connected for a touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining in regulation. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Pittsburgh, who ran out the clock. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/20/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (4-3) - Houston Texans 23 (3-4) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight

Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 33-28 win over the Houston Texans Thursday night.                                                                                                       The Colts (4-2) offense was on fire from the get-go, scoring on its first four offensive drives. "We realized with the recent history of Thursday night games, teams who are going on the road are struggling, and we didn't want to do that," Luck said. "We were lucky enough to get off on that fast start. It takes focus, and you almost have to trick yourself into it." Luck finishes the game completing 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a fumble.T.Y. Hilton caught nine balls for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown in the win.The Texans (3-3) attempted to make a late comeback. Defensive end J.J. Watt recovered a Luck fumble and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown to cut the Colts lead to five with 10:46 remaining in the game. With the score the same and two minutes to play Houston had the ball on its own 21 yard line, but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was stripped by Bjoern Werner and D'Qwell Jackson recovered the ball to seal the game for the Colts. Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, as Indianapolis takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC South. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/9/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Indianapolis Colts 33 (4-2) - Houston Texans 28 (3-3) NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-1-0; 0pts) Montreal Canadiens 2 (2-0-0; 4pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (0-0-1; 1pts) SO New Jersey Devils 6 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 4 (0-2-0; 0pts) Pittsburgh Penguins 6 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Anaheim Ducks 4 (0-1-0; 0pts) Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-1-0; 2pts) Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (0-0-1; 1pts) OT New York Rangers 3 (1-0-0; 2pts) - St. Louis Blues 2 (0-1-0; 0pts) Nashville Predators 3 (1-0-0; 2pts) - Ottawa Senators 2 (0-1-0; 0pts)  Calgary Flames 5 (1-1-0, 2pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (0-1-0, 0pts) Minnesota Wild 5 (1-0-0, 2pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-1-0, 0pts) Chicago Blackhawks 3 (1-0-0, 2pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (0-0-1, 1pt) - Shootout Winnipeg Jets 6 (1-0-0, 2pts) - Phoenix Coyotes 2 (0-1-0, 0pts)   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS) Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS) NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1) Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3) Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4) Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3) New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3) New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2) Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2) Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5) Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1) San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3) San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4) NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans

Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants earned their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday. The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day. Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.  Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense, hauling in five passes, including a 61-yard reception and his first touchdown at MetLife Stadium, which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day, running for 176 yards and a touchdown. New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0). "You treat every game as a must-win," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "You don't want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we've got to get things going. We have to start playing better football." Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders. "He's a very good football player," Coughlin said of Watt.  "Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There's no doubt people have to be aware of where he is." New York opened last season with a 0-6 start. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is good to go on Sunday and is looking forward to playing in his first NFL regular season game against the Washington Redskins. Clowney will have a tough task at hand in running down quarterback Robert Griffin III. "One of the best running quarterbacks in the league I think," Clowney said of RG3. "You gotta be ready to contain him in the pocket because he can get out there and cause havoc, he can run pretty fast." "I'm just treating it like another game," the first-overall pick said Thursday. "Just go out there and take one play at a time and just do my assignment." Clowney said his entire family will be in attendance, but he isn't worried about any added pressure during his regular season debut. "I'm not really nervous, I'm just ready to get to it," Clowney said.  "Something I've been waiting for my whole life." Clowney missed the final two preseason games, but had three tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit in the first two games against the Cardinals and Falcons. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal

Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans have rewarded one of the top defensive players in the league with the top contract ever for a defensive player. J.J. Watt and the Texans have agreed to a new six-year deal worth a reported $100 million. The contract will have a guaranteed $51.8 million payday for Watt, the highest amount ever for a defensive player in the NFL. Watt will earn an approximate $16.6 million per year, also a record total for a defensive player. Watt had hoped in August to work out a new deal with the team that drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2011. "I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they're saying, 'Listen, we think you've earned this,'" Watt said. "I don't know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I've put in all the work, and I've put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it." The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Watt has racked up 36.5 sacks during his first three seasons. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans. The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team. "Health-wise he's perfect," Manning's agent, Russel Hicks said. "He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn't good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you." The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games, recording 24 tackles. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 
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