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Texans promoting practice squad tight end since they’re out of them

The Texans have plenty of adjustments to make this week, and that list only starts with a quarterback change.

They’re also going to need some tight ends, since they don’t have any.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are promoting practice squad tight end Evan Baylis.

They left last week’s opener with all three tight ends in the concussion protocol, and have already placed starter C.J. Fiedorowicz on injured reserve. Given the short week before Thursday’s game against the Bengals, it’s unlikely that Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson would be cleared before game time.

Baylis, an undrafted rookie from Oregon,Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey, will get a chance to block for another rookie, as first-rounder Deshaun Watson is expected to remain the starting quarterback after replacing Tom Savage at halftime last week.

Houston Texans to start QB Deshaun Watson on Thursday,Authentic Benardrick McKinney Jersey, reports

During the portion of practice open to reporters, Watson took every snap.

The Texans are going with Watson for multiple reasons, including his superior mobility and elusiveness while operating behind a porous offensive line.

Although Watson was sacked four times during a 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and experienced some rough fundamental moments where he threw off his back foot,Authentic Jaelen Strong Jersey, he did throw one touchdown pass and displayed an ability to escape pursuit.

Although the 0-1 AFC South franchise is poised to launch the Watson era, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien played it close to the vest Tuesday and declined to make it official and name a starting quarterback.

"I don't think there's a rule that says I have to publicly announce it,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey," O'Brien said when asked if this was a potential game-time decision.

Unless Watson suffers a setback between now and kickoff, he's scheduled to start his first game since manufacturing a BCS national championship victory over Alabama with a game-winning touchdown pass.

"The health of any player is the first determinant in whether they play or not," O'Brien said of Watson,Authentic Alex Smith Jersey, who didn't speak with reporters Tuesday.

After replacing Savage at halftime Sunday, Watson completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 60.4 passer rating.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is already convinced his defense will be competing against Watson.

"We're kind of planning on it being Deshaun," Lewis said during a conference call with Houston reporters. "Because if they made the change like they did at halftime, I would imagine it would be him coming forward here, at least this week."

The first-round draft pick, consensus All-America and national championship game-winner from Clemson completed 52.2 percent of his throws against Jacksonville and had a second interception nullified by a penalty. He rushed for 12 yards on two carries.

"He's a playmaker with good instincts and he's young," Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said. "He's going to make some mistakes, and it's on us to keep working with him and minimize his mistakes and get rid of them, not repeat them, and keep moving forward with him."

The Texans have started Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, Brian Hoyer, Case Keenum, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Savage in O'Brien's time as head coach. Watson becomes the ninth different starting quarterback over the past four seasons.

O'Brien is hoping he won't continue to have a revolving door under center.

"I can tell you that we're pretty close to making a decision as to who's going to play," O'Brien said. "In this case, a lot of different factors go into it that aren't really in our control, maybe. I think that we'll make a good decision for the team.

"I try not to look too far into the future. It's definitely, obviously, for Thursday,Womens Kevin Johnson Jersey, but you're also saying you're going to try your best to stick with the decision."

Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for PED violation

Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Cushing's suspension goes into effect immediately; the veteran linebacker will be eligible to return after Houston's Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 27.

This is the second PED suspension of Cushing's NFL career. He was also suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season. A third violation of this policy will result in a ban of at least two years.

Cushing, 30,Womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey, is a former first-round draft pick out of USC who has played each of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Texans. He has started all 100 of the games in which he has appeared and has racked up over 650 tackles in his career.

The Texans, who play the Bengals on Thursday night,Womens Jaelen Strong Jersey, have to scramble to find a replacement for Cushing. Zach Cunningham, a second-round pick in this year's draft, is a candidate to see more playing time alongside Benardrick McKinney at inside linebacker.

Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended 10 games

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancers policy.

It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy,Womens Julién Davenport Jersey, testing positive for a fertility drug. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press' awards panel.

Currently in the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in Houston's opening loss to Jacksonville, Cushing will be eligible to return on Nov. 28.

Cushing has had a checkered career since his sensational rookie season. Injuries curtailed the 2012 and '13 seasons,Womens Alex Smith Jersey, when he got into a total of 12 games. He's never come close to matching his first-year production of 86 tackles, 47 assists, four sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.

The 2009 defensive rookie revote came after Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's banned substance list. He had one positive test from a urine sample taken in September 2009, then subsequently tested negative several times.

But when his suspension was announced the following May, the AP called for another ballot. Cushing didn't receive anywhere near the 39 votes of his previous landslide victory, but the 18 he got were enough to reclaim the honor.

In the revote, Cushing finished five votes ahead of then-Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III got 12, then-Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned three votes, and then-St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

The 30-year-old Cushing would not have suited up in Thursday night's game at Cincinnati because of his concussion. Now, the Texans must wait two more months for his return.

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