BWTB: Connections abound w/Texans and Eagles

This Sunday is a homecoming for several Eagles.

The Texans host Philadelphia in the Week 9 matchup at NRG Stadium, and seven former players are now Eagles.

Headlining the group of returning players is linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who leads the team in tackles with 39. He's still the franchise leader in tackles for the Texans (636) and was a captain for five years with the club. He was the team's second round pick in 2006, and was traded east after the 2011 season.

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin has an Eagles-best six sacks so far this year, and led the Texans in the same category with 11.5 in 2011. Like Ryans, he too was a second round pick, spending 2009 through 2012 with the club. Barwin signed a free agent deal with the Eagles before the 2013 season.

Special teams standouts James Casey and Bryan Braman are also Eagles now, joining Philadelphia in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Punter Donnie Jones was with the Texans in their 12-win campaign of 2012, and joined the Eagles in 2013. Wide receiver Jeff Maehl played in three games in 2011, while offensive lineman Andrew Gardner have found a home in Philly as well. Gardner played in seven games for Houston between 2011 and 2013.

On the flip side of things, wide receiver Damaris Johnson was an Eagle for the last two seasons, before signing with Houston at the start of September. He's third on the team right now in receiving yards with 181.

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