Texans Vs. Saints: Houston Loses 34-27 After First Half Shootout

The Houston Texans lost to the New Orleans Saints 34-27 on Saturday night in an exciting game that featured 457 total offensive yards and five fumbles in the first half.

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Texans Name Derek Newton Starting Right Tackle

The Houston Texans have named second-year player Derek Newton as the starting right tackle for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Newton, drafted in the seventh round in 2011, appeared in 14 games last season but did not start. With the Texans cutting Eric Winston in the offseason, Newton was given the chance to battle veteran Rashad Butler for the starting job at right tackle. After three impressive preseason games, coach Gary Kubiak has decided the job is going to the young tackle.

The competition was close, however, according to Pro Football Talk.

"Looking at the body of work, I think it was very, very close, as I told y'all all along," Kubiak said in comments transcribed and distributed by the team. "I think the thing that has moved this toward Newton is watching his progress, watching where he was the end of last year going to the offseason, going through camp, watching him get better and better and better. Did a good job the other night. Young player that we think's ascending. We know that there's a lot of things he's got to clean up, but we think he's definitely committed to doing that, just like the way he's progressed. So we'll give him an opportunity to do it. Big responsibility but we think he's ready for it."

The Texans are excited about the potential for Newton to be a staple on the offensive line for years to come. The Texans featured one of the best offensive lines in the NFL last season, but have turned over two positions since 2011. Newton will have a lot of pressure to live up to lofty expectations.

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Texans Vs. Saints: Will Houston Be Ready For Increased Expectations This Season?

The Houston Texans lost an offensive preseason shootout to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, 34-27, with the two teams combining for almost 500 yards of offense in the first half. The Texans, however, continued to have trouble holding on to the football in the exhibition season. It is this type of uneven performance that has Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle's Ultimate Texans blog wondering if Houston will be ready to live up to expectations this year:

The bigger question, though, is whether the Texans are ready for a season of unprecedented expectations for the franchise.

They appeared at some times as if they were. Playing in front of a crowd of 72,082 that already has its decibel level at mid-season form, against a team that has its own Super Bowl aspirations, the Texans at the very least held their own in a first half that ended 24-24.

They appeared at some times as if they weren't ready.

The Texans couldn't hold their two-touchdown lead for four minutes. Trindon Holliday, after returns for touchdowns in each of the first two preseason games, fumbled one that the Saints returned for a touchdown.

The coaching staff has addressed the fumbling issue, and the offense has proven when healthy it can put up points, but only time will tell if the Texans make a playoff run for the second straight year.

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Texans Vs. Saints Game Recap: Houston Falls 34-27 In Preseason Shootout

The Houston Texans lost to the New Orleans Saints 34-27 on Saturday night in an exciting game that featured 457 total offensive yards and five fumbles in the first half.

The Texans took advantage of early Saints turnovers to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, with Drew Brees and the Saints quickly tying the score thanks to a Lance Moore touchdown reception and a Junior Galette fumble return on the ensuing kickoff.

Matt Schaub was 15-of-18 for 194 yards and one touchdown in the first half. He led the Texans in a first half shootout against the Saints, with the teams tied 24-24 heading into halftime after the Saints locked the score up thanks to a late touchdown drive by Brees and the New Orleans offense.

It was a mistake-filled half, yet one that was exciting to watch for fans, with both teams trading scores throughout the two quarters.

With the backups in the game in the second half the Texans would not fair as well, as Saints quarterback Chase Daniel would give New Orleans the go-ahead score with a 4-yard pass to receiver Joe Morgan early in the fourth quarter.

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Texans Vs. Saints Score Update: Houston Tied With New Orleans 24-24 At The Half

The Houston Texans are tied with the New Orleans Saints 24-24 at halftime after both teams took advantage of several turnovers and late scoring in the second half.

Houston jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when Schaub led the Texans down the field 80 yards on the opening possession of the game with Ben Tate scoring on a 1-yard touchdown. After a Saints fumble just four plays later, the Texans responded with a quick short drive capped by a Schaub touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin.

The Saints would not be pushed over, however, with Drew Brees hitting Lance Moore on a 20-yard pass and defensive end Junior Galette returning a Trindon Holliday fumble for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

The Saints would briefly take a 17-14 lead off a Garrett Hartley field goal before Arian Foster and the Texans took the lead after another turnover by the Saints. The teams would exchange field goals, with the Saints tying the Texans when Drew Brees hit Jimmy Graham on an 8-yard pass with just 15 seconds remaining in the half.

Both quarterbacks have been sharp in the game, with Matt Schaub 15-of-18 for 194 yards and one touchdown and Drew Brees 17-of-25 for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

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Texans Vs. Saints Inactive List: Houston Has 7 Players Sitting Out

The Houston Texans have seven players who are on the inactive list for Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt and Shaun Cody were not expected to play due to various injuries. With those three players out, the Texans defense will be shorthanded against the Saints.

Another roster move for Saturday's game has Derek Newton starting at right tackle over Rashad Butler. Those two players are in a battle to become the starter at that position.

Texans inactive list:

Brian Cushing, linebacker
J.J. Watt, defensive end
DeVier Posey, wide receiver
Shaun Cody, defensive tackle
Ra'Shon Harris, defensive tackle
Jerrell Jackson, wide receiver
Greg Williams, linebacker

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Texans Vs. Saints 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Texans (2-0) continue preparing for the NFL regular season on Saturday night when they visit the New Orleans Saints (1-2) for a preseason Week 3 matchup.

The Texans have looked good in their first two games with convincing wins over the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. But the third week of the preseason is considered the one real dress-rehearsal game before it gets real. Houston's starters are expected to play three quarters against the Saints.

The first team offense has looked solid in limited reps so far with quarterback Matt Schaub completing 14-of-20 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown in the first two games.

The Houston defense will be put to the test with Drew Brees leading the Saints on offense as he tries to find a rhythm with receivers Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson. This will be the fourth game for the Saints, as they played in the Hall of Fame game earlier in the preseason.

The Texans' starting defense will be short-handed with llinebacker Brian Cushing (ribs), defensive end J.J. Watt (elbow) and nose tackle Shaun Cody (back) not expected to play.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 25; 7 p.m. CT

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

TV Schedule
National: CBS

Radio Schedule
Houston: 610 AM/100.3 FM/1010 AM
New Orleans: WWL 870 AM

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Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints: Players To Watch

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Houston Texans Not Allowing Any Contact On Andre Johnson In Practices

Andre Johnson has long been the star name on the roster for the Houston Texans, but coming into his 10th season with the squad -- perhaps the most talented Texans squad he has ever been a part of -- he is starting to show some signs of decline.

He has missed lots of games because of injury in the past two seasons and his production has suffered, as could be expected. This offseason has already featured a surgery and another hamstring injury for Johnson.

Now, coach Gary Kubiak isn't taking any chances with his former star receiver and isn't letting him take much contact in practices, according to Fox Sports Houston.

And you'd better believe the Texans are nervous. They're treating him like a gimpy race horse. He gets not a single repetition more than is completely necessary, because with Johnson the biggest problems have not been with his joints, they've been with his connective tissues – hamstrings and groin muscles, the kind of stuff that seems to come and go according to its own whims. The kind of stuff that's a little less elastic at 31 than it was at 27.

"They don't let anybody touch me at practice," he said.

The Texans finally have the talent to get over lower production from Johnson, but it would be a shame for them to lose him during their best chance for a Super Bowl yet in team history.

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J.J. Watt Injury: Texans DE Doubtful For Saints Game

J.J. Watt worked out with the Houston Texans in preparation for their upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints but is unlikely to play on Saturday as he continues to nurse an elbow injury. According to coach Gary Kubiak, if it were a regular season game then Watt would certainly get in but they have to be smarter during preseason with their slightly banged up defense:

"We’ve got to be very, very smart," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "We’re talking about him. We’re talking about (Shaun) Cody. Cush (Brian Cushing) is a little bit banged up and didn’t practice today. Although I want them all there and working, there is an ultimate goal here and we’ve got to take it a day at a time and be smart."

With Watt out of the running for the Saints game and Brian Cushing on the rocks as to whether or not he'll get time as he nurses a rib injury along with a number of other banged up guys, the Texans are going to be a bit thin on the defense as they head into the second to last preseason contest.

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Brian Cushing Injury: Texans Linebacker Could Miss Saints Game

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has not practiced since injuring his ribs in Saturday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers and may be out when the Texans take on the Saints on Saturday.

The two-time All-Pro linebacker and 2009 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's game by Gary Kubiak but, considering it's just preseason and that Cushing hasn't seen the practice field since his injury happened, there's reason to doubt his playing status.

The Texans were extra cautious about his health in the first week of the preseason, holding Cushing out against the Panthers after a virus held him out of practice. He did return in week two, though, recording three tackles against the 49ers.

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Texans Vs. Saints: Drew Brees A Tough Early Test For Houston Defense

As most teams must when facing the New Orleans Saints, the Houston Texans are preparing for their next preseason game with their collective eye on Drew Brees.

In an otherwise solid year for the Texans defense, they saw Brees shred through them in their 40-33 loss to New Orleans in the fourth quarter in the third game of last season, putting up two of his three touchdowns and setting up a third.

This Saturday, coach Wade Phillips' defense will perform a test of sorts against the Saints, which should make the game even tougher on the Texans than it would normally be -- they will be playing nothing but their base defense. Players seem supportive of the decision:

"(Because of) how much they go five out and empty, to not have dime in there a lot will be a test," [linebacker Connor] Barwin said. "It’s good to have in the preseason because you’ve got to get good at your core stuff, what needs to be our bread and butter. There’s no better challenge than Drew Brees and those guys they have over there."

Brees is always a test for opposing defenses. Fortunately, the Texans get their first shot against them at the preseason and can be experimental. When the regular season comes along and they have to face off against guys like Tom Brady and Matt Stafford, any previous practice shutting down elite QBs should help.

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Texans Vs. Saints: Coaches Using Patience Developing DeVier Posey

The Houston Texans drafted Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey in the third round of April's draft, enamored with his potential. Now the team is exercising patience while nurturing that talent, according to a blog from the Houston Chronicle.

NCAA suspensions cost Posey 10 games with the Buckeyes in 2011, making him rustier and affording him less playing time this preseason than other young Texans receivers. But he has some pretty good examples to look at on the Texans, starting at the top of the depth chart with All-Pro Andre Johnson.

"Everything happens for a reason," Posey said. "I really believe in that. I just try to take every day as a new experience no matter what happens. If I have a good day or bad day, I’ve just got to understand that. I’m a rookie; I’m not a Pro Bowler yet. So to get to Andre Johnson status, you’ve got to just work every day."

Posey received a five-game suspension for accepting cash and tattoos from a tattoo shop owner in Columbus, Ohio. He then served another five-game suspension when the NCAA said he was overpaid for a summer job.

Those discretions didn't stop the Texans from taking a flier on Posey's talent. But they will keep him from seeing much playing time early in the season.

"Football is a repetition sport, and then all of a sudden you get away from repetition," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "You’ve got to get back in the groove and doing it every day — make a mistake and getting it corrected. I think that’s been part of his process. His attention to detail has been good. His work has been good. But he’s had a little bit further to go than a couple of those players."

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Andre Johnson Being Sued For Child Support

Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson is being sued for increased child-support payments, according to ABC 13 of Houston.

Dionne Reese, Johnson’s "former live-in girlfriend," wants health insurance for their 3-year-old daughter and more than $1,500 a month. She also said she’s suffered emotional distress, according to the station. Kennard McGuire, Johnson's agent, said neither he nor the receiver would have any comment.

Not the sunniest news for the all-world talent who is coming off an injury-riddled 2011 season. Johnson only tallied 492 yards and two touchdowns. He had two catches for 49 yards in the Texans' preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers last week.

The Houston Texans look to move to 3-0 on the preseason Saturday night when they travel to take on the New Orleans Saints

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Texans Lose DT Ra'Shon Harris For 2012 Season

Houston Texans defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris will miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a torn triceps on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Harris is just one of several defensive linemen who have battled injuries during camp, as defensive end J.J. Watt has a dislocated elbow and defensive tackle Shaun Cody is dealing with back soreness.

Harris, 25, has appeared in just two NFL games, both coming in 2009 while he was with the Carolina Panthers. Harris was drafted out of Oregon in the sixth round of the NFL Draft that year by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and made his way to Charlotte after being cut. The Texans signed Harris as a free agent in January of 2012.

Houston will play their third preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 25 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Saints Interim Coach Aaron Kromer Installed For Texans Preseason Game

Aaron Kromer will serve as the New Orleans Saints' interim head coach, while Joe Vitt serves his six-game suspension for his involvement in the New Orleans bounty program.

Kromer has been with the team since the 2009 season, serving as New Orleans's offensive line coach. Kromer will continue to coach the offensive line.

By picking Kromer, it allows the offensive and defensive coordinators -- Pete Carmichael Jr. and Steve Spagnuolo --to focus on maintaining their current duties, rather than worrying about head coaching duties.

Kromer will begin serving as New Orleans's head coach immediately, and will coach New Orleans's final two preseason games, so that Kromer and the Saints can adjust properly.

The Houston Texans will be the first opponent of Kromer's head coaching career, as the two teams are set to participate in a preseason game on Saturday night. Houston figures to be a worthy opponent, as most teams use the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and Kromer should have his handful with the talented Texans.

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Houston Texans 2012: Duane Brown Signs New Contract

Some NFL players have been known to get lazy after signing big new contracts, but now that Duane Brown has inked a big deal with the Texans he insists that he won't be one of them. It was announced last week that Brown had been signed to a deal that is reportedly giving him $53 million over six years.

Brown said Monday in an interview with the Texans official site that he is still driven to keep improving his game going into 2012 even with a new six year long contract in his pocket:

"I really take my job seriously," Brown said. "This game is everything to me. I play with a ton of passion. I’m very grateful and very fortunate for the opportunity I have with the new deal. However, I’ve not reached where I want to be as a player. When I’m done with this game, I want to be regarded as one of the best, and my contract does not solidify that, my work on the field does. And that’s what I’m aiming for."

As one of the best tackles in the league last season, he's still working to improve even after a somewhat subpar game in their last preseason outing against the San Francisco 49ers, a game in which the Texans lost 20-9.

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Texans Injuries: Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt Miss Practice

The Houston Texans practiced Tuesday without three defensive starters -- linebacker Brian Cushing, defensive end J.J. Watt and nose tackle Shaun Cody, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Cushing practiced with sore ribs Monday that he played through in the Texans' preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he expects Cushing to play the upcoming preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, but might miss more practice this week to rest his ribs.

Watt worked out with the team but has missed most of preseason camp after dislocating his elbow early in training camp. Kubiak said if it were the regular season Watt would be ready to go.

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Houston Texans 2012: Ben Tate's Future Uncertain

Arian Foster's emergence would likely never have happened if not for the misfortune of Ben Tate. Battle Red Blog looks at Tate's unique situation.

The running back from Auburn was drafted in the second round in 2010 to shore up a Texans running game that featured the ineffective Steve Slaton and Chris Brown. Tate broke his ankle in his first preseason game and was out for the year, allowing undrafted Tennessee Volunteers running back Arian Foster to take the reigns. The rest is history.

Tate played last year and played well behind Foster and while the All-Pro recovered from a hamstring injury. He's probably talented enough to start for most teams, and the Texans certainly love having a committee and insurance for Foster. Fans like the situation, too. But the problem for Tate is that his opportunities to showcase his starting-caliber talent will be limited in Houston. He's going to want No. 1 RB money eventually, and the Texans already have a No 1 RB making No. 1 RB money.

The time to trade Tate might have been this past offseason, when teams were rumored to be offering a second-round pick for him. Next offseason, barring another injury and assuming another good showing from Tate, the former Auburn standout will be in the final year of his rookie contract, giving him less trade value. A team would have to trade for Tate and immediately make him the starter, which would require an extension.

The Texans went from a playoff-caliber team that only lacked a true No. 1 back in 2009 to a division favorite and a team with running backs to spare in 2012. It's a good problem to have, but it's not ideal for Tate.

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Houston Texans Notes: Sound From Tuesday August 21st Practice

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