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Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second week, the only players officially not dressing for today's game are the three on the PUP list - DE J.J. Watt, T Duane Brown and S Lonnie Ballentine. During the preseason there is no need to get down to smaller number of active players, so there will still be Texans who don't play who are not on this list.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

40-year-old punter Shane Lechler is on the program for today's Texans game against the Cardinals.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

A few Cardinals players are starting to trickle onto the field to stretch and warm up.

Osweiler has lofty goals for 2016 season (0:45)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said he expects the starters to play about the same number of snaps as they did last week against the Saints. "A lot of it depends on how it's going, you know?" O'Brien said. "If it's something where we feel like we want to get Brock (Osweiler) some more snaps, let's just say in the first half, then we'll continue to play him."

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The Texans' helmets were almost white

The Texans have worn navy helmets since their debut in 2002, but the team's original unveiling featured a white helmet. As Paul Lukas notes, that version lives on in the 2002 version of Madden. Uni Watch's Friday Flashback

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Greatest defensive class ever?

J.J. Watt is the league's best defender, but he's hardly the only defensive stud from the 2011 draft class. Is that group on pace to be the best ever? Bill Barnwell explores

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie receiver Braxton Miller was back at practice today. Right tackle Derek Newton has not returned from his hamstring injury.

Problem with Watt being voted top player in NFL? (1:43)
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Texans' non-QB MVP: Well, that's easy

J.J. Watt is almost certainly the most valuable non-quarterback in the entire NFL, let alone Houston's roster. That's why his recovery from back surgery is so crucial. Non-QB MVPs

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J.J. Watt asserts his dominance

Watt didn't just repeat as the No. 1 player in #NFLRank. He also outrated his peers at his position by a wider margin than any other player, edging Rob Gronkowski and Luke Kuechly. #NFLRank audit by position (Insider)

Texans need more depth at defensive end (0:25)
Stephen A. rejects J.J. Watt's No. 1 NFL ranking (1:28)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said last week that though he wants to see the starting offensive line get reps together, the positive of the starters missing time is that a lot of the other players have gotten more reps than they usually would. Greg Mancz is a great example. He has gotten plenty of opportunities, and has impressed O'Brien thus far.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Martin will miss at least four months with ankle surgery, ESPN confirmed on Thursday. Martin had won the starting center job after the first few weeks of camp, but Greg Mancz has played well in his absence. A tough blow for an offensive line already missing Duane Brown (quadriceps) and Derek Newton (hamstring). Texans will have the option to bring him back to practice after six weeks, under new IR rules.

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Sources: Texans C Martin (ankle) out 4 months

After sustaining a high-ankle sprain in practice last week, Texans rookie center Nick Martin had ankle surgery and is expected to miss four months, sources told ESPN.

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Texans DE J.J. Watt on Instagram: 'Soon'

On the Texans' PUP list since back surgery in late July, star DE J.J. Watt seemed to presage a return to the field with an Instagram post: "Soon."

Why we love sports with J.J. Watt (0:52)

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.618th
Rushing Yards108.215th
Points For21.2Tied-21st
Points Against19.6Tied-7th

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