NFL Notes: Texans fire Gary Kubiak

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NFL Notes: Texans fire Gary Kubiak
December 6, 2013, 1:30 pm
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After losing their 11th straight game on Thursday night, the Texans on Friday fired head coach Gary Kubiak. (USA Today Images)

Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach of the Houston Texans.

Kubiak was fired on Friday, one day after the team lost its 11th straight game, 27-20 to the Jaguars, on Thursday night.

Houston team came within two wins of making the Super Bowl last season and won its first two games in 2013 before starting down its 11-game slide. The Texans haven't won since they defeated the Titans in overtime on Sept. 15.

Kubiak had to be taken off the field on Nov. 3 when he he a mini-stroke walking into the locker room at halftime. Wade Phillips, who took over while Kubiak was recovering, will serve as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Hired in 2006, Kubiak has been the Texans head coach for seven of the 11 seasons they've been in existence. For more, visit

Campbell to start for Browns vs. Patriots
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns quarterback Jason Campbell will start at New England on Sunday.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced after practice that Campbell would start. Campbell was replaced last week by Brandon Weeden, who sustained a concussion in Cleveland's loss to Jacksonville.

Campbell missed that game with a concussion sustained on Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. He was cleared to practice for the first time since the injury on Thursday and only had to get permission from an independent neurologist before he can play.

With Campbell and Weeden recovering, the Browns signed free agent Caleb Hanie earlier this week. Last week, they signed Alex Tanney off Dallas' practice squad last week. Hanie started four games for Chicago in 2011. Tanney has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.


Jones-Drew to undergo MRI
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is getting tests on his strained right hamstring.

Coach Gus Bradley says Jones-Drew will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Bradley says, "We'll know more about it once we get the results back."

Jones-Drew strained his hamstring late in Thursday night's 27-20 victory against Houston. He ran 14 times for a season-high 103 yards, including a 48-yarder in the third quarter that set up the winning touchdown. He also had 20 yards receiving.

Jones-Drew, who missed most of last season with a foot injury, has 719 yards rushing this season -- 264 yards in the last three games, all wins.

Jones-Drew insisted after Thursday night's win that he would be fine.