The Texans' ability to re-sign OLB Connor Barwin — or not re-sign — likely impacts what direction they go in the draft.
Much like Brooks Reed a season ago, when he filled in admirably for the injured Mario Williams, Whitney Mercilus has been called upon to fill a big void.
Despite hitting a snag in contract talks with OLB Connor Barwin, we hear the Texans still plan on having him back under contract in some form in 2013.
The Texans have a number of prized players with expiring contracts at the end of 2012, but priority No. 1 is re-signing OLT Duane Brown.
With Connor Barwin healthy and not having to learn a new defense, the linebacker figures to be even better, according to our "Whispers."
The Texans' defense came up big again, holding the Falcons to their lowest point total of the season in Sunday's 17-10 Houston victory.
The NFL has announced its players of the month for November, and once again, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leads the way.
This week, PFW selects Chris "Beanie" Wells, Connor Barwin and Shane Lechler as its Players of the Week.
The loss of promising reserve DE Connor Barwin hurts the Texans' depth, but the pass rush was no concern against Indianapolis because of the play of starting DEs Mario Williams and Antonio Smith.
Texans DE Connor Barwin crashed into a teammate in the first quarter of Week One and will miss the remainder of the season with a fracutred right ankle.