Here are your daily Houston Texans stories for Tuesday:
Duane Brown hoping for return at Vikings by Drew Dougherty, Houstontexans.com
"“He’s making progress towards being able to play on Sunday,” head coach Bill O’Brien said on Monday. “He feels better and better about where his leg’s at right now.”Houston faces the Vikings on Sunday at noon CT. While O’Brien was hopeful about Brown’s return to action, there is still a degree of doubt."
His return comes not a moment too soon. The Vikings defense has been arguably the best in the NFL so far this season. They scored two touchdowns against the Titans in the opener, and in three games since have shut down Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Eli Manning. The “Purple Reign” as Jon Gruden calls them has a deadly pass rush that the Texans will need their best to keep Brock Osweiler clean.
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Fiedorowicz Earns Game Ball by Deepi Sidhu, Houstontexans.com
"“I thought he played one of his best games since he has been here,” O’Brien said Monday. “Part of it was his ability to come back from that. He got bent over backwards. Actually his leg was underneath a pile in the field goal PAT, which is a very dangerous play sometimes. Those guys are getting knocked back and their legs get hooked behind another leg.”Fiedorowicz, injured with 8:29 left in the second quarter, looked to be in a lot of pain while being looked at by team physicians and trainers on the field. He slowly walked off but was questionable to return. He did later re-enter the game."
Finally the Texans had something to get excited about at tight end. With Stephen Anderson on the mend, Osweiler had to turn to Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin in the passing game and surprisingly that yielded good results. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come from a position the Texans have not gotten much from in recent years.