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Texans' GM Rick Smith to take extended leave of absense

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Frederick Owens | 01 January, 2018, 01:42

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

Smith and his wife, Tiffany, have three children. He also thanked team owner Bob McNair and his family for their support as he spends more time with his family.

In the statement, Smith said that it was hard decision and that he is grateful for the support of Texans owner Bob McNair and his family, via Amy Palcic from the team's PR staff. "I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority".

Smith has been Houston's general manager since 2006 following a stint as director of pro personnel with the Denver Broncos.

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It has been a season of struggle for the Texans in 2017.

With reports that one or both were in danger of getting fired, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said one possible solution was for Smith to take a position within the franchise out of football operations and ceding more roster control to O'Brien. I'm the head coach. "I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go". Smith was given a four-year contract extension in July 2016.

Smith released a statement on Sunday after the Texans' 22-13 Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

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