NFL Notebook: Gaine rejoins Texans as GM


The Houston Texans hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of head coach Bill O'Brien, the team announced Saturday.

Both deals run through the 2022 season. Gaine signed a five-year deal and O'Brien was extended for four years.

Gaine, who is the third general manager in franchise history, spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel after serving as the Texans' director of player personnel from 2015-16 and director of pro personnel in 2014. He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2008-13), Dallas Cowboys (2005-07) and New York Jets (1999-2004).

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Rick Smith announced earlier this month he was taking a one-year personal leave from his role as Houston's general manager to help his wife with her recovery from breast cancer.

--The Minnesota Vikings activated quarterback Sam Bradford off injured reserve and moved him to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

To create a roster spot for Bradford, the Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter.

Bradford was on injured reserve because of a knee injury. He has practiced the past two weeks.

During Bradford's absence, Teddy Bridgewater was activated for the first time in 15 months and served as Case Keenum's backup.

--The Oakland Raiders hired former Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, according to multiple reports.

Cable, 53, was with the Raiders from 2007 to 2010, including a 44-game stretch as head coach from 2008 until his firing after the 2010 season, posting a 17-27 record. He has spent the last seven seasons under Pete Carroll in Seattle before he was let go earlier this week.

--A bothersome knee injury was reportedly a contributing factor as to why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton staggered to the ground and struggled to stay balanced after a hard hit to the head last Sunday in an NFC wild-card playoff loss.

The NFL learned about the injury while interviewing Panthers officials over the phone this week as part of its investigation into whether concussion protocol was properly followed with Newton, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Panthers said Newton was poked in the eye and was evaluated for a concussion in the team's blue medical tent on the sideline. NFL concussion protocol requires removing players from the field and an examination in the locker room.

--San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Friday in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

He posted a $2,500 bond and was released. The charge is a misdemeanor in Alabama.

Foster failed a drug test at the NFL draft combine last spring. His urine sample was found to be diluted, which is against the league's drug-testing rules.

--Field Level Media

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