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J.J. Watt Restructures Deal to Free Up Cap Space

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt restructured his deal to free up cap space for this season, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Watt has agreed to turn $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus that allows Houston to have $8 million in cap space this year.

"Out of all the plays that he played, I had 120 plays that were either a TFL, a quarterback hit, a quarterback sack, a batted ball, an interception, a fumble recovery, a caused fumble," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said at the NFL Meetings on Tuesday.  "On 120 plays, he did one of those seven things."

O'Brien is looking forward to seeing what Watt can do in his fifth season in the league.

"He knows that he has no limit," O'Brien continued. "His ability to come back and be an even better player, which probably sounds crazy to some people, it's not crazy to us in Houston. We can't wait to see him when he comes back."

Watt had 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes this season.

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Rodgers Wins Second MVP

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career Saturday night.

Rodgers received 31 of the 50 votes, blowing away second place finisher J.J. Watt, who received 13 votes.

The 31-year-old Rodgers finished the regular season with 38 touchdowns compared to five interceptions. He also led the Packers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers becomes just the ninth player to win multiple MVP awards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each received two votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one vote a piece.

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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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Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans Win

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(Cleveland, Oh.) -- Defensive end J.J. Watt is making a case to be the MVP of the league.

Sunday, the Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-7 and J.J. Watt scored his fourth touchdown of the season.  

Ryan Mallet was making his debut as Houston's starting quarterback, and on his first drive led the Texans down to the Browns two yard line.  J.J. Watt entered the game as a tight end, and Mallet found Watt open in the endzone.

So far this season, Watt has two receiving touchdowns, one interception return and a fumble return for touchdown.  He is now part of an exclusive list of defensive ends to score four touchdowns in a season joining Zach Lilly and Ray Poole, both of whom achieved the feat in 1948.

In addition to his scoring prowess, Watt has 8.5 sacks on the season, one interception, seven passes defended, and three fumble recoveries.   

Watt signed a $100 million dollar contract extension with Houston in the offseason. In the press conference announcing the signing, Watt stated, "I'm going to give everything I have to prove I earned this."

Mallet was efficient in his debut, completing 20 of 30 passes for 211 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. 

With the win, the Texans are now 5-5 and back in the playoff race. 


NFL: Texans (3-3) at Steelers (2-4) Preview

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) and Houston Texans (3-3) will close out Week 7 of NFL Action on Monday Night in the Steel City.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offensive will matchup against a Texans defense led by defensive end J.J. Watt. Last week in a 33-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Watt scored on a 45-yard fumble recovery.  He is the fourth player in league history to record a touchdown reception, interception return for touchdown and fumble recovery for touchdown in the same season.

Inside the red-zone, the Steelers offense has converted on seven of 19 possessions into touchdowns. On the season, Roethlisberger has passed for 1,593 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. eastern.

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Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 33-28 win over the Houston Texans Thursday night.

The Colts (4-2) offense was on fire from the get-go, scoring on its first four offensive drives.

"We realized with the recent history of Thursday night games, teams who are going on the road are struggling, and we didn't want to do that," Luck said. "We were lucky enough to get off on that fast start. It takes focus, and you almost have to trick yourself into it."

Luck finishes the game completing 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a fumble.

T.Y. Hilton caught nine balls for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The Texans (3-3) attempted to make a late comeback. Defensive end J.J. Watt recovered a Luck fumble and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown to cut the Colts lead to five with 10:46 remaining in the game. With the score the same and two minutes to play Houston had the ball on its own 21 yard line, but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was stripped by Bjoern Werner and D'Qwell Jackson recovered the ball to seal the game for the Colts.

Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, as Indianapolis takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

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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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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

"You treat every game as a must-win," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "You don't want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we've got to get things going. We have to start playing better football."

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

"He's a very good football player," Coughlin said of Watt.  "Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There's no doubt people have to be aware of where he is."

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans have rewarded one of the top defensive players in the league with the top contract ever for a defensive player. J.J. Watt and the Texans have agreed to a new six-year deal worth a reported $100 million.

The contract will have a guaranteed $51.8 million payday for Watt, the highest amount ever for a defensive player in the NFL. Watt will earn an approximate $16.6 million per year, also a record total for a defensive player.

Watt had hoped in August to work out a new deal with the team that drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2011.

"I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they're saying, 'Listen, we think you've earned this,'" Watt said. "I don't know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I've put in all the work, and I've put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it."

The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Watt has racked up 36.5 sacks during his first three seasons.

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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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