HOUSTON (AP) Gary Kubiak pulled the Texans out of the NFL basement and remains the only coach to take them to the playoffs.
That wasn't enough to save his job, not with the Texans mired in an 11-game skid that has dropped them back to the bottom of the league.
Houston fired Kubiak on Friday, one day after the Texans lost 27-20 at Jacksonville and continued their stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run. Houston (2-11) was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for Sunday's game at San Francisco, coach Pete Carroll said Friday.
The decision to hold the pair out isn't surprising, although the Seahawks were hopeful both would make progress coming back from injuries this week. Browner has been out since Week 10 with a groin injury suffered against Atlanta, while Harvin continues to deal with soreness in his comeback from hip surgery. Harvin made his season debut in Week 11 against Minnesota but has been unable to get back on the field since.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans could be without tight end Delanie Walker on Sunday when they play the Denver Broncos.
Walker did not practice all week because of a concussion sustained early in last week's 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He will be evaluated Saturday before the Titans (5-7) depart for Denver (10-2).
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard wrapped up two days of court hearings in Nebraska on Friday by getting a drunken-driving charge against him dismissed as part of a plea deal.
In an agreement with the Lincoln city attorney's office, Dennard pleaded no contest to refusing to submit to a chemical test in exchange for having the DUI case dismissed. He was fined $500 and placed on probation.