Houston Texans Newswire: Arian Foster Back In Action

Scott Halleran

Arian Foster returns to practice, league to take a look at D.J. Swearinger hit, and Sunday ticket on YouTube in this edition of the Newswire.

Houston Texans

The Competition Committee to take a look at Swearinger's hit.

There has been much talk about the hit that Texans' rookie safety D.J. Swearinger put on Dustin Keller. NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino went on NFL Network to talk about the league's plan going forward with these types of hits.

"It is a legal hit," Blandino said. "It's an unfortunate result, something that the Competition Committee will continue to look at, as we do all injuries during the season. But it is a legal hit."

All-Pro Tony Gonzalez put in his two cents about the hit.

"I saw (Swearinger's) remark, 'That's just football,' and he showed a little bit of grief for the guy -- I'm not buying it at all. Don't tell me that the rules prohibit you from hitting a guy up top. You have a whole target area above his knee up to his neck that you can hit. I've watched that play a bunch of times."

That's not the feel I got from Swearinger's actions and comments since hit. His comments have been directed towards avoiding the head at all cost.

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The Internet reacts to Foster back at practice.

The Texans' warrior-poet is back in action, hoping to be ready for Week One against the Chargers. Coach Kubiak stated that Foster would most likely not play on Sunday.

"I hope he's knocking my door down to play, but I don't think so," Kubiak said. "I think the key is that we just have a couple of good weeks of practice and bring him along as if he's just started training camp."

Foster also talked about his feelings toward the preseason.

"I'm not a huge fan of preseason," he said, according to The Associated Press. "I feel like I'll be ready for Sept. 9 without (it). I've just got to get myself acclimated."

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J.J., what do you want to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.

If you don't get that reference, watch and learn. On his ever-expanding quest for global domination, J.J. Watt sat down for an interview with GQ magazine. Thankfully, he didn't pull a Mark Sanchez.

You can catch Foster in GQ as well.  The magazine has 10 reasons why Foster is their favorite running back.

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Around the League

Live NFL games on YouTube?

DirecTV's exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket expire after next season. As a result, the NFL has begun searching for possible new homes for the service - which is expected to fetch upwards of $1.5 billion a year.  The NFL doesn't appear to be afraid to think outside of the box, as NFL executives meet with Google CEO Larry Page. One of the topics addressed was Sunday Ticket. Imagine if watching an NFL game was as easy as getting on YouTube? Now with Chromecast, you can make any TV with HDMI into a streaming NFL machine. Sounds like a winner to me.

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Show Retirees the Money.

Former NFL players are suing NFL Films over an "individuals' rights to control the use of their image".  The players are seeking compensation for their likeness being used in NFL productions and on NFL Network. The case is headlined by Hall of Famers John Riggins, Dave Casper, Tom Mack, Curley Culp, and Ron Yary. There was a previous $50 million settlement in April between the NFL and a group of retirees over publicity rights, but that was not to the players' satisfaction. Thus, the battle rages on.

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Scratch off one sleeper pick.

Le'Veon Bell has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury. Ah yes, the Lisfranc Injury: the Texans' arch nemesis. Damn you, Albert Haynesworth. Bell had been getting first-team carries for the Steelers during training camp and looked to get a generous amount of regular playing time. It now appears that Bell will now miss around six weeks. Adjust your fantasy draft boards accordingly.

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