Houston Texans’ Battle Red helmet made its debut on Thursday. The team locked horns with the Philadelphia Eagles at the NRG Stadium stadium. 

Philadelphia cornerback Josiah Scott and Houston receivers Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins were inactive for Thursday night’s game. 

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Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair, in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session in September, had spoken about a change in uniform designs. 

When asked if the team is looking for a change, he said,”It’s definitely on the table! In fact, we have already engaged the NFL to better understand the process to formally start a fan research study and the timeline and guidelines if the fan research steered towards change. No promises but we will challenge everything, and we won’t be afraid to evolve. Let me know what you hope to see!”

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The Texans have worn their original uniform since 2002. Fans have been demanding a change for years. NFL eased up on the rules this season and Houston unveiled their Battle Red helmet during training camp. 

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“The amazing reaction from the fan base and the city on the Battle Red helmet is what sparked all this. It gave us that confidence to explore new grounds and I’ll tell you, with Cal’s leadership, the Reddit comment was no joke. We were already behind the scenes, based upon the fan reaction of the Battle Red helmet, working with the NFL to figure out, hey what would the process look like for us to explore updating uniforms at some point in the future?” Texans Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Doug Vosik said on SportsRadio 610’s Payne and Pendergast show.

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Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts and the undefeated Eagles are looking for the first 8-0 start in franchise history.  They (7-0) visit the Texans (1-5-1) on Thursday night while the Phillies host the Astros in Game 5 of the World Series.