Reading the coverage of the Texans...
We'll start with a story that isn't exactly a Texans story, but will lend some insight into the biggest storyline of the week. Jamison Hensley, whose professional career has kept him around the Ravens for years, takes a look at Ed Reed's complicated relationship with the franchise. Few would have imagined that his return to Baltimore after he stopped playing there would be as a member of an opposing team. Hensley writes that Reed caused a few headaches for the Ravens, but even more for opposing quarterbacks. His unpredictability was both an asset and a source of conflict. He was a player whom other Ravens sometimes watched with awe, knowing they were seeing one of the best to ever do it.
Like many coaches before him and many who will follow, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is quite taken with J.J. Watt's play. And count Harbaugh among those highly impressed by the two-headed Watt/Brian Cushing monster, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle updates the Texans' injury situation in this notebook, noting that left tackle Duane Brown could play despite not practicing. He was in a walking boot Wednesday.
Peter King, the emperor of The Monday Morning Quarterback, did a video interview with Texans linebacker Cushing.
DeAndre Hopkins' spectacular catches during games are only a continuation of what he does in practice. He's impressed his coaches and teammates with that, and with what he's been able to pick up so quickly during his rookie year, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press.