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Report: Texans have no long-term concerns about health of JJ Watt

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J.J. Watt is likely going to miss the rest of the 2016 season, and with a rather significant list of back injuries to his name, some are worried about his long-term future.

The Houston Texans, reportedly, don’t think there will be a problem going forward as far as his health goes.

It’s good news, though we’re not certain how they can be sure. After all, Watt feared for his career during the offseason. Another back injury definitely has to make some people worry.

Dez Bryant responds to Skip Bayless calling him out over missed MRI

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Like many other talking heads across the country, Skip Bayless used a portion of his show on Thursday morning to debate why Dez Bryant failed to show up for his MRI at the Dallas Cowboys facility earlier in the week. But apparently if Skip wanted the real answer, all he had to do was ask.

After Bayless sent a couple of teaser tweets telling viewers to tune into “Undisputed” to watch him and Shannon Sharpe discuss the drama surrounding Bryant, Dez called Skip out.

Prior to seeing the tweet, Bayless speculated that Bryant’s latest injury “crushed his psyche” and he went home and “went in the mental tank.” He also said he believes the star receiver went AWOL and needed Jerry Jones to go to his house to get him to show up to work.

When informed of Bryant’s reply, Skip welcomed him on the show. The Big Lead captured a video from before and after Bayless was made aware of the tweet:

When you hear the reason Cowboys coach Jason Garrett gave for Bryant boycotting his MRI, you get the idea that Skip was on the right track. Regardless of his rationale, Bryant acted immaturely.

Draymond Green on Warriors being villain: ‘Who cares?’

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The Golden State Warriors are going to hear an awful lot of boos during the upcoming season, and Draymond Green is not concerned about it. In fact, the star forward is prepared to embrace the hate.

While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Green was asked about the Warriors being considered the “villain” of the NBA. He seemed annoyed.

“Who cares what someone tries to make us out to be?” Green said, via Anthony Slater of The Mercury News. “We’re trying to win basketball games. If they want to make us the villain, that’s fine. They’re gonna boo us anyway everywhere we go, so that’s fine. The most fun I have in this game is going on another team’s floor and quieting their crowd anyway. So boo. Then eventually you’ll shut up. And I’ll laugh. We’ll laugh. And we’ll keep it moving.”

Green seemed even more irritated when he recalled how he, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were booed at the Staples Center when they were representing Team USA before heading off to the Rio Olympics.

“It’s like Jesus Christ,” he said. “I just don’t understand some people. Even if I hate you and whatever team you play for, if you’re gonna wear a Team USA jersey and represent my country, for one day I can give it up and say, ‘OK, I’m with you for this day.’ They booed us still … More power to those people. They’re angry about something in life. I’m not sure what.”

The Warriors know exactly what to expect this season, even if their head coach doesn’t agree with it. Anything short of a championship would be a major letdown for their fans, and anything beyond a second-place finish would be equally disappointing for most everyone else.

Dez Bryant feared he had serious knee injury, was avoiding bad MRI news

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Dez Bryant did not show up for his MRI earlier in the week because he was fearful it would confirm he suffered a serious knee injury, according to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett told reporters on Thursday that the Cowboys will take disciplinary action against Bryant internally and move forward.

In addition to skipping the MRI that was scheduled for Monday, Garrett confirmed Bryant missed a team meeting on Tuesday and another on Wednesday.

While you can understand why Bryant was afraid of the news he might get, that is an extremely immature way to handle things. Boycotting the MRI wasn’t going to change whatever injury it was he was dealing with, which has turned out to be a hairline fracture.

Garrett would not say whether Bryant will be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, though one report indicates things are not looking good for that game and possibly beyond.

Alabama LB Tim Williams arrested for carrying gun without permit

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Alabama star linebacker Tim Williams was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit.

Williams, a senior and starter, was booked by Alabama University campus police.

This is obviously a bad look for a player who is considered to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Williams recorded 10.5 sacks with the Crimson Tide last year and has 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries, six tackles and a forced fumble this season. He has been ranked in the top 10 of many NFL mock drafts, with some analysts predicting he could be one of the first three players taken.

As we have learned with recent similar incidents, Nick Saban will likely wait until the legal process pans out to decide if he should take disciplinary action against Williams. Two Alabama players who were riding around in a car with guns and drugs back in May ended up having their charges dropped, and Saban went off on Paul Finebaum in defending them. You can watch that exchange here.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Le’Veon Bell to see snaps at WR to keep DeAngelo Williams in mix?

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DeAngelo Williams has been one of the best running backs in the NFL over the past two seasons when he fills in for Le’Veon Bell, but the 33-year-old is heading back to the bench now that Bell is set to return from a three-game suspension, right?

Maybe not.

With slot receiver Eli Rogers listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs due to a toe injury, the Steelers may try to get creative by using both Bell and Williams. On Wednesday, Ben Roethlisberger was asked if that could involve using Bell as a wide receiver.

“In a way, yes,” he said, per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Listen, we’re not going to put him at wide receiver and use DeAngelo at running back, but we will, I think, have them both on the field and move them out of the backfield. We’re not going to take RB off the front of [Bell’s] name and put WR, but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers.”

Williams is far less talented than Bell, but he has been more than effective since the Steelers brought him in as an insurance policy. Last season, he carried the ball just 13 times and had one catch during the five games Bell played.

If you’re wondering what this means from a fantasy football standpoint, it’s probably still best to keep Williams on the bench. Even if the Steelers find ways to mix in a handful of touches for him, he likely won’t make a major impact. Pittsburgh is better off keeping Williams healthy in case Bell goes down with an injury or has another one of his infamous off-field screw-ups.

Report: Dez Bryant a ‘long shot’ to play vs. 49ers, could miss three weeks

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is reportedly in danger of missing multiple games after he suffered a knee injury in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it would be a “long shot” for Bryant to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He also said the Cowboys are concerned their star receiver could end up being out three weeks.

Bryant is dealing with a hairline fracture in his right leg, though he supposedly made it very difficult for team doctors to come up with that diagnosis. The Cowboys have said they are hopeful he will play in Week 4, but that sounds like far from a guarantee at this point.

Derrick Rose compares his rape case to Tupac’s

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Derrick Rose and his attorneys have been trying to get a judge to force the woman who is accusing the NBA star of rape to reveal her identity, and they are now looking to use a previous case involving Tupac Shakur as precedent.

A judge recently ruled that the woman must come forward with her actual identity, but her legal team continues to fight back. As TMZ shared with us, Rose has cited a 1993 incident in which Tupac was convicted of first-degree sexual assault for forcing a 19-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him and his friends. After he served a nine-month prison sentence, the late rapper was sued in civil court.

During the civil case, Tupac argued that the woman gained an advantage by concealing her identity and bashing him in public. A judge agreed.

Tupac objected — and the judge sided with him … claiming the woman and her legal team tried to gain a “tactical advantage” in the case through public statements trashing Pac … and it wasn’t fair.

Now, in the new court docs filed by Rose, he cites Tupac’s case and says the situations are almost identical — with his accuser looking to bash him in the media to gain an unfair advantage in the courtroom.

Now, Rose’s lawyers are concerned the New York Knicks point guard will be placed at the same “serious disadvantage” Tupuc was if the woman suing him does not reveal her identity.

Rose has maintained his innocence and insists he took part in consensual sex and not gang rape with two of his friends. However, a recent report indicated he may be more concerned about the case than he is letting on.

Darrelle Revis misses practice with ankle injury

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Darrelle Revis sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, but New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he is not concerned about the veteran cornerback.

Revis was on the field in his helmet and pads during the media portion of practice, which is the first 30 minutes. He later left after tweaking his ankle, with Bowles telling Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and others that there is “not much” concern about Revis’ status.

Any injury to a 31-year-old cornerback is a concern, especially one who has played like Revis. More often than he has looked like a seven-time Pro Bowler this season, Revis has looked like a player whose best days are behind him. He has been torched for multiple big plays (video here) already and simply does not appear quick enough to stick with top receivers anymore.

While the ankle injury may be minor, anything with the potential to slow Revis down even more could become an issue. If you remember, the Jets downplayed reports about Revis being hurt last season, and it was later revealed that he played most of the season through a pretty significant injury.

Five likeliest NBA MVP candidates

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In the last eight years, the NBA has only had four different winners of the Most Valuable Player Award. LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry. That’s it. That’s the list. To put that into perspective, we’ve gotten more Fast and the Furious films (five), Big K.R.I.T. mixtapes (ten), Modern Family seasons (seven), and Jeremy Lin hairstyles (too many to count) over that span than different NBA MVPs.

Now that two of those aforementioned names have joined forces on the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to monopolize the sport of basketball, another one has donated his body to Phil Jackson’s hyperbaric time chamber experiment in New York, and the last one has finally delivered on his ethereal promise to (and I quote) “win one for The Land,” will anything change in 2016-17?

Here’s a look at the five likeliest MVP candidates for the upcoming NBA season.

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