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Houston Texans Newswire: Lights, Camera, Bengals!

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The Bengals are the focus of "Hard Knocks" again, Texans hit up the summer blockbusters, and much more in this edition of the Newswire.

Andy Lyons

Houston Texans News

Nothing to See Here.

BRB has been all over the updates on ailing Texans returning to full strength. Over the weekend, we found out the exact date that Brian Cushing was returning - July 17. Mark your calendars, people; it's going to be big. Today, Arian Foster talked with Fox Sports about his likely return for Training Camp. The idea of a healthy Texans team is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. Need to go find some wood to knock on before I jinx it.

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Superman Returns...In a Reboot.

News is kind of light today, so I'm going to take that this time talk about a movie I saw over this weekend - Man of Steel. To bring it back to the Texans, here is Texans' resident movie reviewer Duane Brown's opinion of the movie:

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The origin stories are always the best part of superhero movies. Man of Steel was the first time I've feel like I understood the Superman character's motivations. Why does a god-like alien act like a boy scout all time? It builds up the idea of ‘Clark Kent' as a guy caught in a whirlwind that he doesn't understand. Superman is the equivalent of a nuclear option that must be avoided at all costs, because of his great power. I won't spoil the plot but it's worth a watch. It's not a complete home run. but neither was Batman Begins.

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Around the League

Lights, Camera, Bengals Again.

The HBO series "Hard Knocks" returns. The Cincinnati Bengals will be the focus for the second time. Cincy Jungle put together a nice list of possible story lines heading into the start of the show. Here are some highlights from their first time around.

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I will be disappointed if I don't see at least one dartboard with Texans players on it. The Texans on "Hard Knocks" would have been tantalizing idea. I only need three names to sell the idea of the Texans on the show - Brian Cushing, Arian Foster, and J.J. Watt.

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Would you want HBO at Texans training camp or not?

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Green Stays Humble.

Speaking of the Bengals, NFL.com recently ranked A.J. Green as the third best receiver in the league. Green is the first player in NFL history to 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 games. When asked if he considers himself to be an elite receiver yet -

"No. I'm not there yet," said Green.

I'm enjoying the trend of quiet wide receivers who let their play on the field do their talking. Andre Johnson has been one of the best examples of this for years now.

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River-Dance Your Way Out of Jail

In the latest saga of Chad Johnson's spiral into madness, Johnson apologized for slapping his lawyer on the butt and was released after serving seven days of a 30-day sentence.

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Ma'am, Are You Blind?

The NFL may soon have a female referee roaming the field. As soon as 2014, writes Bill Brinson. The NBA first had a female referee call a game back 1997. It's all progress at this point. I will say the same thing I say about all umpires, referees, and judges - they've done a good day's work when you don't know their name.