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The​ ​hits​ ​keep​ ​on​ ​coming​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Houston​ ​Texans​ ​in​ ​2017.​ ​The​ ​team ​dropped​ ​the​ ​first​ ​game​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Jacksonville Jaguars​ ​29-7​ ​and​ ​benched​ ​starting​ ​QB​ ​Tom​ ​Savage​ ​at​ ​halftime.

During​ ​the​ ​loss​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Jags​ ​TE​ ​C.J.​ ​Fiedorowicz​ ​suffered​ ​his​ ​second​ ​concussion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season, which​ ​placed​ ​him​ ​and​ ​all​ ​other​ ​active​ ​tight​ ​ends​ ​on​ ​the​ ​injured reserve ​for​ ​Houston.

The​ ​Texans​ ​will reportedly ​start ​Deshaun​ ​Watson​ ​at quarterback on Thursday​ ​in​ ​Cincinnati.

Today​, ​the​ ​team was ​informed​ ​that​ ​LB​ ​Brian​ ​Cushing​ ​will​ ​be​ ​suspended​ ​10​ ​games​ ​for violating​ ​the​ ​NFL​ ​substance​ ​abuse​ ​policy.

Cushing​ ​was​ ​suspended​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​for​ ​violating​ ​the​ ​PED​ ​policy​ ​after​ ​being​ ​named​ ​rookie​ ​of​ ​the year​ ​in​ ​2009.The​ ​Houston​ ​defense​ ​wasn’t​ ​exactly​ ​playing​ ​great​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​as​ ​is,​ ​giving​ ​up​ ​100 yards​ ​rushing​ ​the​ ​Jags​ ​rookie​ ​RB​ ​Leonard​ ​Fournette​ ​and​ ​allowing​ ​QB​ ​Blake​ ​Bortles​ ​to​ ​throw​ ​for 125​ ​yards​ ​and​ ​a​ ​touchdown.

Houston​ ​will​ ​need​ ​defensive​ ​stars​ ​JJ​ ​Watt​ ​and​ ​Jadeveon​ ​Clowney​ ​to​ ​step​ ​up​ ​and​ ​fill​ ​more​ ​of​ ​the void​ ​left​ ​behind​ ​in​ ​Cushing’s​ ​absence.​​Houston​ ​travels​ ​to​ ​Cincinnati​ ​on​ ​Thursday​ ​night and​ ​luckily​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Texans​ ​if​ ​there​ ​was​ ​one​ ​team​ ​that​ ​had​ ​a​ ​worse​ ​start​ ​to​ ​the​ ​season​ ​than​ ​them, it​ ​was​ ​the​ ​Bengals.

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