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 Latest Texans Player Notes
Jul 16 2017 - DOnta Foreman
  RB D'Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, and charged with marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Foreman of the Houston Texans, a third-round pick from the University of Texas, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday by the campus police department. The University of Texas Police Department said officers initially responded to a call at 12:24 a.m. about marijuana smell coming from three cars parked outside a residence hall. The drug charge carries a $1,000 bond and the bond for unlawful carrying of a weapon is $3,500. Foreman was released around noon on Sunday. Foreman won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back after rushing for 2,028 yards as a junior at Texas last season. He is expected to compete for a backup running back job with the Texans.


Jun 14 2017 - Duane Brown
  OT Duane Brown followed through on his stance about his contract situation, skipping the Texans' mandatory minicamp. Brown is subject to fines of up to $80,400 should he miss the entire minicamp, which is what sources not authorized to speak publicly expect him to do. Brown can be fined $13,400 for missing practice Tuesday, $26,800 if he's absent Wednesday and another $40,205 if he's not there Thursday. No compromise is imminent. "Duane knows how we feel about him, how I feel about him," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I'd love to have him here but, again, at the end of the day, the guys who are here, that's who we're coaching." Brown, a three-time Pro Bowl blocker, is due a nonguaranteed $9.65 million base salary this season and $9.75 million in 2018. The Texans generally don't renegotiate contracts with two years remaining, making rare exceptions previously for J.J. Watt and Andre Johnson. Brown, 31, ranks 11th in 2017 and 12th in 2018 among left tackles in terms of cash compensation. "Duane is one of the older guys here, and we're great friends," Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. "I talk to him pretty much every day. I guess you can say it's strange because he's part of this team. All in all, it's business as usual. It's part of the game."


Jun 13 2017 - Duane Brown
  LT Duane Brown failed to attend the Texans' mandatory minicamp that began Tuesday. Brown's absence is due to his desire for a new contract, the Houston Chronicle reported. The 31-year-old has two seasons remaining on his six-year contract, but there is no more guaranteed money remaining on the deal. Brown, who was a Pro Bowl alternate last season, failed to show for the Texans' voluntary OTAs earlier this offseason.


Jun 13 2017 - David Quessenberry
  OT David Quessenberry has yet to play in an NFL game. But the 26-year-old guard has already won a major award. Quessenberry, who recently finished a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious George Halas Award, the Professional Football Writers of America organization announced. The Halas Award is annually presented to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.


Jun 12 2017 - David Quessenberry
  OG David Quessenberry, who recently finished a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious George Halas Award, the Professional Football Writers of America organization announced. The Halas Award is annually presented to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Quessenberry completed chemotherapy in April and is participating in Houston's offseason program. In June 2014, he was laboring through workouts with fatigue and a persistent cough and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He spent the past three seasons on Houston's non-football illness list.


May 24 2017 - Robert Nelson Jr.
  CB Robert Nelson, a reserve defensive back who had one interception last season, was disruptive during an organized team activity Tuesday. He batted down several throws while working with the first-team defense. Nelson is competing for an increased role now that A.J. Bouye is with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


May 24 2017 - David Quessenberry
  OL David Quessenberry achieved another major emotional and physical milestone for Texans on Tuesday. Quessenberry participated in his first practices since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago. The 6-5, 300-pound former sixth-round draft pick from San Jose State celebrated the completion of his chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson by ringing a bell earlier this spring off the wall.


May 24 2017 - DOnta Foreman
  RB D'Onta Foreman sat out Tuesday's OTA. An unsigned third-round draft pick, Foreman is dealing with a hamstring injury and is still working to get into optimal football shape.


May 24 2017 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing was sidelined Tuesday. Cushing underwent shoulder surgery following the Texans' playoff loss to the New England Patriots. He worked on the side along with several teammates.


May 24 2017 - Derek Newton
  RT Derek Newton had his contract restructured by the Texans. They reduced his base salaries in each of the next three seasons. Placed on the reserve-physically unable to perform list due to torn patellar tendons suffered last season that will sideline him for the entire year, Newton was originally due $4.75 million in base salaries for 2018, 2018 and 2019. Newton is now due a guaranteed $1.75 million base salary this year and nonguaranteed base salaries of $2.25 million and $2 million in 2018 and 2019.


May 23 2017 - Duane Brown
  OT Duane Brown skipped a pair of organized team activity practices due to displeasure with his contractual situation. It's unclear when or if the three-time Pro Bowl blocker will report after being absent from voluntary practices Monday and Tuesday. Brown can't be fined unless he misses a mandatory minicamp in June. Brown has two years remaining on his six-year, $53.4 million contract extension that includes $22.081 million guaranteed, a $12.5 million signing bonus and an average annual compensation of $8.95 million. Brown is due nonguaranteed base salaries of $9.65 million and $9.75 million in 2017 and 2018. That would rank him 11th in 2017 and 12th in 2018 among left tackles in terms of cash compensation. However, the Texans generally don't renegotiate contracts with two remaining years.


May 17 2017 - Vince Wilfork
  DT Vince Wilfork said in a radio interview Wednesday that he is not retired. Wilfork made his comments during a radio appearance on Sirius/XM's "Good Morning Football." "Right now, I just want to make sure whatever decision I make ... I'm 100 percent confident in," he said. "And right now, the only thing I'm doing is enjoying the offseason like I normally do any other year. And I'm just taking my time with everything because I want to make the right decision."


May 13 2017 - Derek Newton
  T tackle Derek Newton on the reserve physically unable to perform list on Friday, ending his 2017 season. Newton sustained a gruesome injury last season against the Denver Broncos when he tore the patellar tendons in both legs. He avoided tearing his ACL but underwent two surgeries. Newton will be paid his $4.75 million salary this year as part of his five-year, $26.5 million contract, according to the Houston Chronicle.


May 12 2017 - Treston DeCoud
  CB Treston Decoud signed with the Houston Texans. He was the team's fifth-round draft choice.


May 12 2017 - Zach Cunningham
  LB Zach Cunningham signed a four-year contract with the Houston Texans on Friday. Cunningham's deal is worth $4.47 million with a $1.39 signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle. .


May 12 2017 - Deshaun Watson
  QB Deshaun Watson signed a four-year contract and was available for Friday's start of rookie minicamp. The deal is worth $13.8 million and includes a signing bonus of $8.21 million, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. The Houston Texans traded the No. 25 pick in 2017 and next year's first-round selection to the Cleveland Browns to move up to the No. 12 spot to draft Watson out of Clemson. Watson will likely will be groomed behind current starter Tom Savage this season.


Mar 2 2017 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney is on the mend after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Clowney is coming off a career breakthrough season during which he recorded six sacks and 55 tackles. "The reports I get from our medical staff is that he's doing very well," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's training. I think he's back and forth between South Carolina and Houston. He's getting ready to go."


Mar 2 2017 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt declared during Super Bowl week that he expects to be able to fully participate in offseason activities, a positive medical outlook that dovetails with the reports received by Texans coach Bill O'Brien. A recurring back injury that required a pair of microdiscectomy procedures to repair a herniated disk derailed the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year's 2016 season. The Texans and Watt are hoping for a resurgent, healthy season this year after he spent the majority of last season on injured reserve.


Feb 1 2017 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt, who underwent three surgeries in the last year, said Wednesday he is through the rehab process and has been cleared for football activities by the Texans. Watt, speaking to the media covering the Super Bowl in Houston, said he feels "great" after spending much of the season recovering from back surgery. "We're now past the whole rehab process," the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year said. "We've transitioned from a rehab and rebuild into just being an athlete again, to now back into regular training, and really training as an elite athlete again, and taking this now to the next level."


Jan 30 2017 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing underwent shoulder surgery recently after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the New England Patriots. Cushing had the surgery two weeks ago, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. Cushing described the surgery as a "clean up." Cushing, in his eighth season with the Texans, started 13 games and finished with 65 tackles.


Jan 26 2017 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday. Clowney is expected to be fine, but the surgery is notable since the top overall pick of the 2014 draft had microfracture on his right knee during his rookie season. Clowney stepped up in the absence of injured J.J. Watt and recorded 52 tackles and a career-high six sacks in 14 games en route to being named to the Pro Bowl this season.


Jan 17 2017 - Kevin Johnson
  CB Kevin Johnson is planning his comeback. As the Texans' players cleaned out their lockers Monday following an AFC divisional-round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, Johnson is recuperating from his second Jones fracture and is upbeat about his future after undergoing the same procedure following his rookie season a year ago. Jones expects to be ready in time for the offseason training program and practices. "No question about it," Johnson said. "I'm looking to be back healthy and get better, bigger, faster and stronger and just be the best player I can be. I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited about it." Johnson broke the bone in his foot in October against the Indianapolis Colts. Initially, the thought was to let it heal naturally, but then the decision was reversed to address it surgically. "It's a Jones re-fracture and now I'm in the position where I got it fixed up and now I'll be back," Johnson said. "It's just a bad-luck thing. I'll bounce back from it. I learned a lot from it." Johnson's loss represented a major blow to the Texans' top-ranked defense, but they carried on well without him due to the presence of cornerbacks A.J. Bouye, Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. In two NFL seasons, Johnson has recorded 73 tackles, 12 passes defended, one interception and one fumble recovery. Drafted in the first round last year out of Wake Forest, Johnson is a huge factor for a Texans defense that could potentially lose A.J. Bouye in free agency. "I was doing some good things and it's something to build on," Johnson said. "How I want to come back is something to look forward to."


Jan 17 2017 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney emerged as a Pro Bowl selection in the absence of injured DE J.J. Watt. He became comfortable enough to do everything from exhort teammates on the sidelines to playful banter with reporters to rapping in the locker room and dancing on the practice field. A former top overall pick from South Carolina, Clowney had an altogether different persona this season as he overcame a past riddled with injuries to record a career-high six sacks and 16 tackles for losses this season. His play was even more disruptive and forceful than his statistics showed. Clowney was voted first-team All-NFL by the Pro Football Writers of America. "His personality came through with the success he was having on the field," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "His health, you know he was banged-up, but I mean overall pretty healthy. So he was out there and he was such an active player that that's what happens. When you have success on the field, you're able to instill more of your personality in the locker room. "I think you guys got a chance to see that this year. The guy's a great guy. Loves football, loves his teammates, loves playing, plays hard."


Jan 17 2017 - J.J. Watt
  DE J.J. Watt is considered ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from back surgery to repair a herniated disk, an optimistic outlook for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Watt had a pair of procedures to address his back problems and was limited to three games this season, but is expected back for next season. The prolific pass-rusher and run-stopper has been working out diligently at the Texans' training facility, running and lifting weights in recent months as he works to strengthen his surgically repaired back. Although it's unclear what type of activities Watt will be cleared to participate in this offseason, there's hope that he'll do some work during organized team activities. Watt has been gaining weight back now that he's cleared to lift weights. He had gotten much lighter to reduce the strain on his back and hadn't been able to maintain his bulk during his initial convalescence. "No idea about the time table for the offseason, but I can tell you he's doing well," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's in there working very hard to get better. He's been in there every day. You can see him out on the field running, you can see him doing different things in the weight room. So to no one's surprise, I'm sure that he's ahead of schedule." Watt became a fixture on the sideline during the AFC South champions' playoff run, cheering on teammates like Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans had the top-ranked defense without Watt, who led the NFL in 2015 with 17 1/2 sacks and 29 tackles for losses. Teammates marvel over how formidable the defense could be with Watt back in the lineup. "I tell him every time I see him I'm excited for him to come back," cornerback A.J. Bouye said. "He's looking amazing right now. He's working out, so I can tell he's motivated and ready to come back and help the team."


Jan 17 2017 - Jeff Allen
  OG Jeff Allen sprained his ankle.


Jan 17 2017 - Joel Heath
  DE Joel Heath suffered a knee injury.


Jan 17 2017 - Alfred Blue
  RB Alfred Blue suffered a concussion.


Jan 17 2017 - Tyler Ervin
  KR Tyler Ervin sustained a concussion.


Jan 15 2017 - John Simon
  LB John Simon (chest) did not play in the Texans' playoff loss at New England on Saturday.


Jan 15 2017 - Vince Wilfork
  NT Vince Wilfork says he still isn't sure if Saturday night marked the end of his distinguished career. The two-time NFL champion and five-time Pro Bowler, who did most of his damage as a member of the Patriots, may have played his final game where it all began as the Texans lost 34-16 in an AFC divisional round playoff game. "No emotions and I will take my time and think about it," Wilfork said afterwards. "I think I have played my last football game. I will take the time and do my due diligence and sit back and see if I really want to retire."


Jan 9 2017 - Lamar Miller
  RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is set to play again this week. Miller rushed for 73 yards on 31 carries, including a long run of 19 yards, in his first game back from an ankle injury. He emerged unscathed from this game, not aggravating the ankle problem. "I feel pretty good," Miller said. "I was happy to be out there."


Jan 9 2017 - Tom Savage
  QB Tom Savage is out of the concussion protocol. Savage is available to be the backup Saturday in an AFC divisional-round playoff game against the New England Patriots. Brandon Weeden was the backup against the Raiders.


Jan 8 2017 - Whitney Mercilus
  Whitney Mercilus, who along with Clowney and linebacker Benardrick McKinney was named second team All-Pro this week, produced tangible statistical results with seven tackles, three TFLs and two sacks. A first-round pick in 2012, Mercilus emerged last season with a dozen sacks working in tandem with Watt. This season, he had a career-high 53 tackles and recovered four fumbles to complement his 7.5 sacks. Without Watt, Mercilus and Clowney now serve as the Texans' fearsome rush duo. No amount of attention lavished upon Watt can take away from the impact Mercilus and Clowney routinely have. "We take it to heart," Mercilus said of the general disregard of the Texans defense. "Nobody really gives us a lot of credit or anything to come out here and play the way that we do and continue on this playoff race to get to that Super Bowl."


Jan 8 2017 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney was again a disruptive force, with his juggling interception of a pass by rookie QB Connor Cook midway through the first quarter giving Houston possession at the Oakland 4-yard line. On the next snap, Lamar Miller beat the defense to the far pylon for a touchdown and 10-0 lead. "Great play by him," Cook said of Clowney. "Me trying to make a play in a hard situation like that, I have to be safer and not throw it away. He's a great athlete."


Jan 8 2017 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney joined J.J. Watt as the only Texans' defensive linemen with an interception in the postseason.


Jan 6 2017 - John Simon
  LB John Simon (chest) was ruled out on Friday's injury report for the Texans (9-7). Houston is expected to again use Akeem Dent at outside linebacker in place of Simon, who originally was injured in a Week 11 loss to the Raiders in Mexico City on Nov. 21.


Jan 2 2017 - Lamar Miller
  RB Lamar Miller is expected back for Saturday's playoff game against Oakland. Miller missed the final two games of the regular season with an ankle injury. Miller has been running and has made steady progress in his recovery. He rushed for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season after signing a four-year, $26 million contract in March to leave the Miami Dolphins as a free agent.


Jan 2 2017 - Tom Savage
  QB Tom Savage (concussion) was removed for the second half. Savage was injured on the first play of the second quarter while sneaking for a first down. He was cleared from protocol and kneeled down on the first half's last snap but he was re-evaluated at the half and was declared out. "I don't know anything about the injuries," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I just walked off the field. I don't meet with the doctors."


Dec 29 2016 - John Simon
  LB John Simon (chest) didn't practice and could be rested.


Dec 29 2016 - Jadeveon Clowney
  DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist) isn't practicing and could be rested.


Dec 29 2016 - Johnathan Joseph
  CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs) practiced, but could be held out of Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.


Dec 26 2016 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus had two sacks in his first game back from a back injury. The 26-year-old has 7.5 this season.


Dec 26 2016 - Alfred Blue
  RB Alfred Blue rushed for 73 yards and the game-winning touchdown. His workload may increase with fellow RB Lamar Miller nursing an ankle injury.


Dec 26 2016 - Lamar Miller
  RB Lamar Miller missed the game with an ankle injury. "I'm not sure," Miller said when asked if he'll play against the Titans. "It's out of my hands." Miller acknowledged his ankle isn't a long-term injury and said, 'Of course," when asked if he could return as soon as next week.


Dec 21 2016 - Whitney Mercilus
  OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) returned to practice.


Dec 21 2016 - Lamar Miller
  RB Lamar Miller has a sprained ankle and did not practice.


Dec 21 2016 - Don Jones
  S Don Jones returned to practice from an illness.


Dec 21 2016 - Brian Cushing
  LB Brian Cushing is playing despite broken bones in his back.


Dec 21 2016 - Jeff Allen
  G Jeff Allen practiced, but isn't cleared yet under the NFL concussion protocol.


Dec 21 2016 - C.J. Fiedorowicz
  TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is no longer in the NFL concussion protocol.



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