Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

At 4-11 entering Sunday's game against the Colts, the Texans are set to finish with their worst record of O'Brien's four-year coaching tenure.

In the statement, Smith said his wife, Tiffany, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien walks up the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Smith has served as Houston's general manager since 2006. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife.

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O'Brien has one season remaining on a five-year deal he signed when he became the Texans' coach in 2014. He also thanked team owner Bob McNair and his family for their support as he spends more time with his family.

That came after Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported Friday that a source called the relationship between Smith and O'Brien "toxic" and "dysfunctional".

Smith's priorities are understandably and appropriately elsewhere with his wife undergoing treatment, so handing personnel control to someone else may be a sound decision for all involved with the Texans. Houston has traded away its first- and second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and does not have a pick until the third round.

Jimmy Raye III, the team's vice president of football operations/assistant general manager who finished his first season with the Texans.

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