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Practice report: Texans host bike giveaway


The Texans hosted their annual bike giveaway, using money from their turnover fund to buy bikes for underprivileged children in the Houston area.

Bikes come from turnover funds:The Texans hosted their annual bike giveaway after Friday's practice, presenting underprivileged children with 225 bikes purchased from Academy Sports Outdoors.

The players and coaches raised money for the bikes through a turnover fund they established this season.

"Well, what we do is if we turn the ball over, then the players have to pay on offense," coach Gary Kubiak said. "If they don't, then I pay and the coaches (pay). Defensively, if they get turnovers, then the coaches pay and I pay. So at the end of the day, we're going to all be in it together, and either I'm going to be buying a lot of bikes for these kids or the players are. And unfortunately, they're the ones buying them this year."

{QUOTE}The Texans have committed 30 turnovers this season, which meant the players bought more than their fair share of bikes.

"You can see we bought a lot of bikes," Kubiak said. "But it's nice to kind of have something that we do for the kids. I know it really means a lot to the players, and they kind of look forward to this day every year when we do this. And to see all of these kids smiling out here today, that's pretty neat."

Slaton best in fourth quarter: Steve Slaton (5-9, 201) has run for a Texans rookie-record 1,124 yards this season, which is good enough for third in the AFC.

The rookie is at his best in the fourth quarter and leads the NFL in fourth-quarter rushing yards this season. Slaton has run for 374 yards in the last period, and that's more than Washington's Clinton Portis (365), Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (320) and Atlanta's Michael Turner (291) have run in the fourth quarter.

When told that statistic, Kubiak had this to say:

"That would surprise me a little bit just with his size and how many times he's touched the ball. What doesn't surprise me is we really put an emphasis this year on being able to finish games running the football. We've been committed to that, so that's something that we've gotten better at. We've finished a couple games on the field making big first downs and hitting a knee and calling it a day. That's eventually what you want to get good at."

Injury notes: Linebacker Xavier Adibi was limited in practice and will be a game-time decision. Guard Chester wasn't limited and will start on Sunday.

"Chester is fine," Kubiak said. "He's ready to go and we practiced well today. I did not like practice yesterday, but we locked in today and practiced well."

For the official injury report, click **here**.

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