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Texans' Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The enormous hype that surrounded the top pick in 2014's NFL draft has fallen flat. Texan's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, according to a statement from the Houston Texans.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the recovery time for Clowney will be around nine months.  His return will likely be after the 2015 pre-season. 

It is possible he could start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list.

"We expect a full recovery," Texans general manager Rick Smith told's Tania Ganguli.

Clowney entered the league with enormous attention and promise for his ability to rush the passer. Since being drafted, his season has been injury-plagued. He suffered a concussion in an August practice with Denver. He then suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

"This guy's a football player. He wants to play football, he wants to be good. He was disappointed," Head Coach Bill O'Brien said via Twitter.

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Texans Dominate Titans

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick returned as the starting quarterback for the Texans Sunday, when Houston hosted the Tennessee Titans.

He took out his frustrations of being benched on the Titans, as he threw for six touchdowns in the Texans' 45-21 victory. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing 24 of 33 passes for 358 yards. 

"I didn't know if I'd ever have a chance to play again," Fitzpatrick said. "It was eye-opening for me not to take it for granted and to embrace it."

Fitzpatrick had been benched for poor performance two weeks ago in favor of Ryan Mallett. He returned to the starting lineup after Mallett was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. 

DeAndre Hopkins was his prime target as he reeled in nine catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns. 

Another touchdown pass went to defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt now has five touchdowns on the season. This was his third receiving score on the season to go with two defensive touchdowns (one fumble return, one interception return).

The Texans move to 6-6 and travel to face the Jaguars next weekend.

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Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.  

Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

"Our main goal this week is to be 1-0," Hoyer said. "We're not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons."

Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate -- Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England.

"I can honestly say it's the strongest arm I've ever seen," Hoyer said of Mallett.  

Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots.

"I don't think I'd be the player I am today without Billy," Hoyer said. "My time in New England, I remember him telling me 'I don't really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan', I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching.  It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league."

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Mallett Takes Over as Texans' Starting QB

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Ryan Mallett will finally get a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The 26-year-old was named the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for the team's game on Nov. 16 against the Cleveland Browns.

It will be the first start of Mallett's NFL career, which began when he was selected with the 74th overall pick of the 2011 draft by the New England Patriots.

"It's been four years. It didn't seem like it," Mallett said when talking about if he would ever get a chance to start at quarterback. "I was starting to question if I'll ever get a shot. Well, now I've got a shot. We'll see what I do with it."

Mallet takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The decision was announced Wednesday by head coach Bill O'Brien.

"Watching Ryan (Mallett) in practice every day, I believe it's gotten better and better," O'Brien said. "His huddle command, his knowledge of the offense, he's been in this system for four years ... I think he's made a lot of progress whereas he's never played in a game or hasn't had many reps in a game. We're going to give him his shot to play."

After spending three seasons as Tom Brady's backup in New England, Mallett was traded to the Texans in September. The trade reunited Mallett with O'Brien, who served as the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011.

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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year's draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.

"He didn't take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well," O'Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans

NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants earned their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense, hauling in five passes, including a 61-yard reception and his first touchdown at MetLife Stadium, which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day, running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Named Texans' Starting QB

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the team's starting quarterback Tuesday morning.

Fitzpatrick signed with the Texans this offseason as a free agent. The 31-year-old played with the Tennessee Titans last season, starting nine games and throwing for 2,454 yards, 12 interceptions, and 14 touchdowns.

"Personally for me, this is kind of where I wanted to be," Fitzpatrick said when talking about being named the starter. "I wanted another shot at it. I wanted another chance to be the guy. This is about so much more than me, in terms of all the different things we're trying to do."

The 6-foot 2, 223-pound Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL since 2005. During that time he started 77 games for four teams, compiling a 27-49-1 record, while completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 16,790 yards, 93 interceptions, and 106 touchdowns.

According to ESPN, Houston released quarterback T.J. Yates.

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Texans WR Andre Johnson Not at OTAs

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans opened up OTAs on Tuesday, but their Pro-Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson was nowhere to be found.

Johnson said two weeks ago that he did not plan on going to the team workouts this week and stayed true to his word.

"[Johnson] and I have had positive conversations," Texans first-year head coach Bill O'Brien said on Tuesday. "I have a ton of respect for him; we'd love to have him here right now."

"That's up to him. We're moving forward with the players that are here," O'Brien continued.

During his 11 years in Houston, Johnson has only made the playoffs twice and said that he doesn't think the Texans are building a contender.

OTAs are voluntary under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

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Andre Johnson Unsure of His Future in Houston

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is entering his 11th year in the NFL, but he isn’t sure of his future with the team.

"Nobody's been here as long as I have," Johnson said on Tuesday.  "You just kind of look at things. I've been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, 'Is this still the place for me?'"

The Texans brought in first-year head coach Bill O'Brien this offseason, which is the third coach that Johnson will play under during his time in Houston.

During his 11 years in Houston, Johnson has only made the playoffs twice and doesn't think the Texans are building a contender.

"I think we've only had three winning seasons," Johnson said. "I don't think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That's just kind of where I'm at right now."

Johnson skipped the Texans voluntary workouts last week and said he has no plans to show up for OTAs and the mandatory minicamp.

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Wade Phillips Fired by Texans

NFL via Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Despite not getting the Houston Texans head coaching job, Wade Phillips said he wanted to stay with the team as defensive coordinator. That wish was squashed Saturday once Phillips was fired after a meeting with new head coach Bill O'Brien.

"Thanks to McNair family and great Texan fans and most all our players," Phillips tweeted. "It was wonderful being home. I wish the best to all."

Phillips served as the Texans' defensive coordinator since 2011. During the 2013 season, Phillips became the team's interim head coach for the final three games after Gary Kubiak was fired.

Phillips interviewed for the head coaching job after the season but lost out to O'Brien.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was also fired Saturday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

According to ESPN, O'Brien is planning to hire former Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator. Crennel won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots while serving as their defensive coordinator in the early part of the century.

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