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"Effective immediately, I have chosen to take an extended leave of absence to focus my attention and intention on my wife's complete recovery from her recent diagnosis of breast cancer".

Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence from his responsibilities as the Houston Texans' general manager.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Tiffany Smith has been undergoing treatments in Arizona; Rick Smith has been traveling back and forth to care for her.

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All of the focus surrounding the Houston Texans to close out the 2017 season has been on the field. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season.

The Texans, who play at the Indianapolis Colts in their season finale on Sunday, are 1-6 since rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore the ACL in his right knee in early November.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported Sunday that Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was set to force owner Bob McNair to choose between keeping him or Smith for 2018 and beyond. However, it is unlikely that Houston will allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension. His leave of absence comes after a hard 4-12 season for the Texans that brought rumors of a "toxic" relationship between Smith and coach Bill O'Brien.

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