Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

"Effective immediately, I have chosen to take an extended leave of absence to focus my attention and intention on my wife's complete recovery from her recent diagnosis of breast cancer", Smith said.

Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence from his duties as general manager of the Houston Texas, the team announced Sunday.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. He also thanked team owner Bob McNair and his family for their support as he spends more time with his family. O'Brien's return keeps offensive continuity in Houston and is good news for Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller.

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All of the focus surrounding the Houston Texans to close out the 2017 season has been on the field. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season.

O'Brien has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed when taking over as head coach of the Texans in 2014.

Smith released a statement on Sunday after the Texans' 22-13 Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. O'Brien is now 31-33 in his four seasons in Houston. Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O'Brien's contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a hard work environment.

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