Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence

Texans' Bill O'Brien may not be back in 2018 due to 'toxic' relationship with GM report says

Texans' Bill O'Brien may not be back in 2018 due to 'toxic' relationship with GM report says

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith says he will take an immediate extended leave of absence to help his wife battle breast cancer.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona.

We all wish Smith and his wife strength and positive vibes as they deal with her cancer and hope it all ends positively.

Smith made the announcement Sunday after spending time away from the team. He signed a four-year extension through the 2020 National Football League draft with the Texans last year. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season.

Mississippi State tops Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl
On the flip side, Sweat and Simmons would love nothing more than to make a Cardinal other than Jackson beat the Bulldogs' defense. Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task.

Meanwhile, speaking after Sunday's 22-13 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bill O'Brien said his future as head coach of the Texans is up to owner Bob McNair.

"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier in the month. O'Brien's return keeps offensive continuity in Houston and is good news for Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller.

After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal".

They will apparently retain him again for 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who writes that while O'Brien is likely to be back, there are "issues" to be worked out with his contract.

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