Houston Texans to sign Sugar Land native, veteran defensive lineman Jerry Hughes, KPRC 2 confirms

Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) pressures New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans continue to look to upgrade their defense, as the team is signing veteran defensive lineman Jerry Hughes, KPRC 2 Sports has confirmed.

Hughes was born in Sugar Land and starred there at Fort Bend Austin High School before a strong collegiate career at Texas Christian University, becoming a first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 NFL Draft.

After three years with the Colts, Hughes joined the Buffalo Bills, where he had his strongest statistical seasons with 10 sacks each in 2013 and 2014. Last season, starting in 16 of 17 games for the Bills, Hughes had two sacks and 18 tackles. Over his 12 years, the defensive end has 58 career sacks.

Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes celebrates with fans after an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills defeated the Jets 27-10. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Born in Canada but raised in Houston, Howard joined KPRC 2 in 2021 after five years at ESPN. Before that, Howard was a reporter on Houston Rockets and Houston Astros game broadcasts. Among the events that Howard has covered on site: the NBA bubble and the Basketball Hall of Fame inductions for both Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. He's H-town proud!