Houston Texans Newswire: Texans Shuffle Linebacker Deck

Michael Ivins-US Presswire

Texans spread rookies out at linebacker, Aaron Hernandez released by the Patriots, and more in this edition of the Newswire.

Houston Texans News

Big Things Expected Out of Hopkins.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah broke down the seven rookies that will make the biggest impact in 2013. At number three on the list was DeAndre Hopkins:

He should start right away and post 60-plus catches during his rookie campaign.

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Texans Rookie Linebackers Playing Different Positions.

ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky talked with Texans rookie linebackers Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams. Instead of competing against one another, at the moment Williams is playing the Sam linebacker and Montgomery the Will linebacker.

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Astrodome's Future Still Up in the Air.

Harris County hasn't come to an agreement on what to do with the Astrodome. It appears that they may soon turn to the public to gauge opinion on their next course action. The Astrodome was where I saw my first baseball and football game. It's time to let it go.

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Around the League

Hernandez Cuffed.

Local police have arrested New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots acted quickly in response to the arrest.

I expect a corresponding tweet that says the Raiders picked Hernandez up.

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Richard Seymour Ready to Pull an Urlacher.

Former Oakland Raider Richard Seymour is still sitting at home without a contract. It appears that is all part of the plan; Seymour is still waiting for the right deal. He may play the Roger Clemens card and pop up on a team when the need is great midseason.

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Idonije Stays in the North.

Former Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije has signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Idonije has collected 20.5 sacks over the last three seasons and was the bookend to Julus Peppers.

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An Exercise in Madness.

Doc Rivers wanted out of Boston, and the Celtics had every intention of holding him to his contract. Along comes the Clippers, who will drop a first round pick to get the rights for Rivers in hopes of wooing Chris Paul back to L.A. Grantland's Robert Mays has created some of his own trades for head coaches. His Texans trade is interesting to say the least.

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