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San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are coming to Reliant on Saturday and the Houston Texans will get a good test in their second preseason contest. With the starters headed for more work this game (around half of the football game), the Texans will have a real test with one of the NFC favorites to make it to the Super Bowl.
Whispers around camp were pointing out that the Texans are expecting Head Coach Jim Harbaugh to treat this more than a preseason game, especially after last year’s embarrassment by the score of 30-7 . The Texans will pull the reigns off the offense, showing a little more than last week, but not opening the complete playbook. Also, expect some questions to be answered on the defensive line with Shaun Cody and J.J. Watt both out for the game.
The veterans will get most of the work with the time for the young players to be very limited. Let’s take a look at the players to watch for Saturday’s game.
SOTT Players to Watch
Trindon Holliday (#16, Returner/Wide Receiver)
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Back again with my Houston Texans week 2 preview. The Texans take on the San Fransisco 49ers on Saturday night in their week 2 preseason matchup. Head Coach Gary Kubiak said “it will be a good test for us.” And he’s right. After trouncing a Panthers squad with high hopes for the upcoming season, a team they lost to last season while new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips...
At the beginning of the week, word came out of Reliant that the Houston Texans were in talks to resign their starting left tackle, Duane Brown. The rumors became truth today when Brown and the Texans agreed on a new deal.
Duane Brown signed 6-year $53.4 million extension. $22.08 guananteed. $8.9 million average.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 16, 2012
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According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have signed left tackle Duane Brown to a six-year $53.4 million extension with $22.08 guaranteed.
Congratulations to the Texans for getting this deal done, we knew Brown was their top priority since his contract was set to expire after this season.
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Cornerback Perrish Cox, who is on track to make San Francisco's 53-man roster, can go into the season confident he won't face any suspensions from the NFL according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. A league source said today that Cox won't be disciplined in relation to a sexual assault case from 2010 and that the 49ers and Cox have been notified of the decision...
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