Texans morning huddle: Brown in concussion protocol, Texans should be quiet at deadline


Good morning Texans fans, hopefully you are all still riding high from the victory this weekend. Moving forward, it looks as if the Houston Texans will be quiet as the trade deadline approaches despite losing their franchise leading rusher for the season. That and other news you need to know can all be found below;

Duane Brown undergoing concussion protocol – by Deepi Sidhu, HoustonTexans.com

"“Duane Brown is in the concussion protocol, seems to be feeling better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday.It is unclear when Brown suffered his concussion during the game. On Sunday, O’Brien said after talking with Brown, he felt it was “in the best interest of the team to keep him out in the second half.”"

Seemingly Nothing Brewing for Texans on Trade Front – by Cody Stoots, CBS Houston

"When asked again about the deadline and how he and Smith approach it O’Brien said. “I’m concentrated on coaching the football team” and “I’m trying to get with our coaches and our football team and see if we can get ourselves ready to play the Cincinnati Bengals.”"

28 observations from Texans vs. Titans – by John Harris, HoustonTexans.com

"1. Let’s start with tackling. I was very, VERY critical of the tackling last week and everything about the tackling was 1,000% improved week over week. Now, it wasn’t perfect, but man, it was so much better. Defenders took proper angles. Safeties made contact and finished tackles. Up and down the defensive lineup, it was night and day different from last week.2. Whitney Mercilus had the best game of his career as he embarrassed Titans tackle Taylor Lewan. The Titan tackle said after the game that it was the worst game he ever played. I haven’t seen all of his games, but I’d have to concur after Mercilus took it to him all game. After Mercilus’ first sack, I saw Lewan point at Mercilus as if to say that wasn’t going to happen again. Yeah, he was wrong. Lewan didn’t yield all of Mercilus’ three and a half sacks, but he did give up enough for him to probably keep his mouth zipped for a little bit at least."

Brian Hoyer gives Texans much-needed production at quarterback in win – by David Barron, Houston Chronicle

"Hoyer topped a passer rating of 100 for the fourth time this season (the Texans are 2-2 in those games) by completing 23 of 35 pass attempts for 235 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.He even accomplished, for a team still relatively short of memorable numbers in its record book, a new Texans standard by totaling at least two TD passes for the fifth consecutive week with a 21-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins and a 42-yarder to Nate Washington."