On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Aug. 28, 2014 7:00 PM CDT 49ers at Texans The Texans host the 49ers at NRG Stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT AdvoCare Texas Kickoff

    Celebrate the return of college football with a Big Ten and SEC showdown at NRG Stadium, as the LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers square off in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Saturday August 30 at 8pm. Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at advocare texas kickoff dot com.

  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO, and the Battle Ready Band at the Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk on Sun., Aug. 31 from 1-3 PM. Bring the entire family for autograph signings, live music, & prize giveaways!
  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST Bulls & Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light

    Have you ever dreamed of playing a round of golf with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders cheering you on?  Now’s your chance!  Sign up today at HoustonTexans.com for the annual Bulls and Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light at Wildcat Golf Club on Wednesday, November 12.

News

Print
RSS

Minus Shaun Cody, NT Earl Mitchell to make first start

Posted Nov 9, 2012

With Shaun Cody ruled out because of a ribs injury, the Texans will use a combination of Earl Mitchell, Jared Crick and Terrell McClain at NT on Sunday.


With Shaun Cody out because of a ribs injury, the Texans will use a combination of Earl Mitchell, Jared Crick and Terrell McClain at nose tackle on Sunday night at Chicago.

Mitchell, a third-year pro who has rotated with Cody since 2010, will make his first-career start. Crick, a rookie defensive end from Nebraska, will likely be next in line for reps.

“We’ve worked Crick some at nose guard,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “He’s played end the whole time. He’s played well, but he hadn’t played a lot of plays, so he’ll get more time. Earl was splitting time. He’ll just have to play more, and then we’ll see what McClain can do for us.”

Cody has started 52 of 56 games since joining the Texans in 2009. He has played in 50 consecutive games, tied for the sixth-longest streak among NFL defensive linemen.

“I’d just like to make sure that there is no drop-off when I’m out there on the field,” said Mitchell, a Houston native from North Shore High School. “It’s just a bigger responsibility and just making sure that I understand my role and understand that I’m taking care of business when I’m out there. When I have an opportunity to make plays, I definitely like to take advantage of them.”

Crick, a fourth-round draft pick, has five tackles and two passes defensed in the last three games.

“Crick’s really fun to watch right now practice… to watch his personality come out a little bit,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday. “He’s got a lot of confidence in what he’s doing. He does not act like a rookie anymore on the practice field. He’s going to be important to what we do in the second half of the season.”

The Texans signed McClain last week. A third-round draft pick out of South Florida in 2011, he started 12 games last season for the Carolina Panthers but was cut in September.

Twitter.com/NickScurfield

Recent News

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.