Houston Texans Newswire: Watt Won't Budge On Salute

Bob Levey

Watt questions new celebration rules, the Rosencopter talks Favre, and more in this edition of the Newswire.

Houston Texans News

J.J Responds to No Fun League.

The new celebrations rules have been clarified with a key emphasis on actions directed toward the opposing team. Which make more sense, I guess. The line when it comes to celebration directed toward the opposing teams has always been a bit too gray for my liking. How exactly does the "fun bunch" and Steve Smith rowing the boat effect the other team?

Now turning to J.J. Watt. Watt once again proved he is a national treasure. Watt stated he would continue to salute after each sack, no matter the fine. The salute is not a sack dance, but to show his respect for the sacrifices made everyday by our military. Watt was quoted as saying -

"I do my salute as a sign of respect and appreciation for the military and I think it's kind of a bad deal they're going to take away something that I'm trying to show respect to the people who protect this country and freedom to the game and who allow us to play this game. If it wasn't for the men and women overseas protecting us I wouldn't be able to play football. The NFL gives us gloves that say salute the service I can't even salute to the service because they don't let me. Something needs to be done about that. I think it's a bad deal. I don't have a plan yet. I'm prepared to pay some fines if I need to because I'm not going to stop respecting our military."

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One more time with more enthusiasm.

So it's that time of year when everyone is packaging together as much surface level information as possible into neat little categories. (Wait a minute. I resemble that remark). Who is the impact rookie? New face? Blah. Blah. Blah. Here is SI's take on the Texans coming into training camp.

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Thank goodness the offseason is over.

USA Today Sports summed our entire "stuff to get us through the offseason" section in a single post. Take a look.

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Around the League

League taking a longer look at the preseason.

League is looking into how teams handle the preseason, possibly lowering ticket prices and requiring a certain amount of playing time by starters. I think the preseason would be best served as a gateway drug for watching games in person. Make the tickets cheap, half the face value of regular season games. Get people in the stadium that normally couldn't afford to go, get them wanting to come back. This talk is only another step toward an 18-game season. You won't have to worry about the quality when teams only have two games to get up to full speed.

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We must go deeper.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal takes a look at the stories that aren't on the front page but may have a big impact in 2013. One of which is Le'Veon Bell getting first team touches in Pittsburgh.

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Vick, Foles to split snaps with the first-team.

The questions at the quarterback position continue to swirl in Philly. Michael Vick will get the start game one, Nick Foles in game two. If Vick doesn't win the job, is this the end for him as a starter?

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The Rosencopter speaks.

Sage Rosenfels wrote a piece talking about Brett Favre and the 2009 NFC Championship game for MMQB.com. He talked about Favre admitting e choked in the game. This is a feeling that Mr. Rosenfels should know all too well from his playing days in Houston.

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