Texans GM Smith taking leave of absence

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Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking "an extended leave of absence" after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, he announced after Sunday's game.

Smith made the announcement Sunday after spending time away from the team. The news comes just after the Texans completed a 4-12 season. "We are faithful and trust in God's promise of healing and wholeness".

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field. However, it is unlikely that Houston will allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension.

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The drama surrounding the Houston Texans internal battle between GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien has temporarily resolved itself with an unfortunate twist. The Texans went 9-7 in each of the head coach's first three seasons and won AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016. O'Brien recently said that he would "never" quit his job as Houston's head coach, and fortunately for him, it looks like he won't even have to worry about that right now.

"Another source speculated that Smith and O'Brien could keep working together but that it would be an "uneasy alliance" that's somewhat untenable", Wilson continued.

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