Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen (80) makes a 1st down against New York Jets cornerback Michael Carter II (30) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Adam Shaheen fails physical, trade to Texans nixed

The Houston Texans are voiding this week’s trade with the Miami Dolphins after tight end Adam Shaheen failed a physical, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The Dolphins dealt Shaheen and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Texans on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth-round selection in 2023.

Shaheen, 27, reverts to the Miami roster. He had not missed any time in training camp but reportedly failed the physical due to a pre-existing knee injury.

He caught 12 passes for 110 yards in 12 games with Miami last season. A second-round pick by Chicago in 2017, Shaheen has 50 receptions for 509 yards and seven touchdowns in 55 games (25 starts) with the Bears (2017-19) and Dolphins.

Shaheen was listed fifth on the depth chart released last weekend by Miami. Houston was looking for depth after Antony Auclair sidelined by a knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen (80) makes a 1st down against New York Jets cornerback Michael Carter II (30) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Texans acquire TE Adam Shaheen from Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins traded tight end Adam Shaheen to the Houston Texans on Tuesday.

The Dolphins also sent a seventh-round draft pick in 2023 to the Texans and received a sixth-rounder in 2023 from Houston.

Shaheen, 27, caught 12 passes for 110 yards in 12 games (seven starts) for Miami last season. He had 24 receptions for 260 yards and three scores in 28 games (12 starts) in two seasons with the Dolphins.

Shaheen was listed fifth on the depth chart released over the weekend by Miami.

Shaheen entered the NFL as a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2017. He played three seasons for Chicago and had 26 catches for 249 yards and four touchdowns.

Overall, he has 50 grabs for 509 yards and seven scores in 55 games (25 starts).

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was welcomed with cheers during Saturday's training camp, the first day of practice that was open to fans.

Reports: Decision in Watson disciplinary case expected Monday

A decision on Deshaun Watson’s NFL disciplinary case is expected Monday, multiple reports said Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns quarterback has been accused of sexual assault and inappropriate misconduct during massage sessions between March 2020 and March 2021.

While 20 of the 24 sustained lawsuits he has faced have been settled and two grand juries in Texas decided not to pursue criminal charges against Watson, the NFL has been conducting an investigation of their own to determine whether he violated its personal conduct policy.

Retired judge Sue Robinson has been appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association and tasked with deciding on the case. Unless she recommends there be no disciplinary action, Watson and the NFLPA can appeal the decision to commissioner Roger Goodell.

According to CBS Sports, the NFL is reportedly pushing for an indefinite suspension that would last through the 2022 season.

In a joint statement, Watson and the NFLPA emphasized their full cooperation and support of Robinson and her investigation, stating “(we) will stand by her ruling and we call on the NFL to do the same.”

The Browns, who traded three first-round picks for Watson in March, have been adding to their roster in anticipation of the ruling, recently signing former first-round pick Josh Rosen and working out A.J. McCarron earlier in the month.

–Field Level Media

Jun 15, 2022; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith looks on during drills at minicamp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: Houston Texans

When the Houston Texans report to training camp Tuesday, they may be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief, regardless of how their 2022 season turns out.

The team not only managed to turn the page on the controversial Deshaun Watson era, it also netted a king’s ransom in return, setting the team up to rebound quicker than observers might normally expect when discarding a franchise QB.

Training camp location: Houston
Houston Methodist Training Center
Rookie report date: July 24
Veteran report date: July 26

Key acquisitions: CB Steven Nelson, G A.J. Cann, DE Mario Addison, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
Key losses: QB Deshaun Watson, S Justin Reid, LB Jake Martin, QB Tyrod Taylor

This is a rebuilding situation, and that’s not the worst idea in the world for a team fresh off a pair of four-win seasons. Watson is the biggest headline grabber, but the team also let Justin Reid leave for Kansas City and top backup passer Tyrod Taylor leave for New York. The Texans will rally around second-year quarterback Davis Mills and a strong rookie class, which has the potential to build the foundation for this franchise for the next decade. Derek Stingley Jr., Kenyon Green, Jalen Pitre and John Mitchie III are all names to watch in particular.

Brandin Cooks has been the subject of trade rumors and will likely continue to be so, but he’s an asset on the field until that happens. The same is true of returnees Laremy Tunsil, Eric Murray and Maliek Collins. Again, this team is in a rebuild. But the talent level is rising, the team has turned the page on the Watson chapter and there are lots of reasons for optimism as a new training camp opens.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:
Colts at Texans, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Colts -8 (FanDuel)
Total: 44 points

The Colts have controlled this series, both historically (32-9) and recently (9-2). The Colts have won the last four, including a pair of lopsided scores – 31-3, 31-0 – in 2021. Reason for hope? New Colts starting QB Matt Ryan is just 1-2 vs. Houston in his career.

–A MANAGEABLE SCHEDULE?
A pair of games against the more hapless Jacksonville Jaguars are on the docket, as are games against losing squads Denver, Chicago, the New York Giants, Washington and Cleveland. With a few sportsbooks setting the over/under at 3.5, the over really doesn’t look unreasonable for a team that has won four games each of the last two seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) meet after the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated Miami 38-7. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Danny Amendola retiring after 13-year NFL career

Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola has called it a career, retiring after 13 seasons in the NFL, ESPN reported Monday.

After going undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2008, Amendola went on to play for the then-St. Louis Rams (2009-12), New England Patriots (2013-17), Miami Dolphins (2018), Detroit Lions (2019-20) and Houston Texans (2021).

He won two Super Bowls with the Patriots and caught Tom Brady’s 400th career touchdown pass in 2015.

In 163 career games (76 starts), Amendola hauled in 617 catches for 6,212 yards and 24 touchdowns. He added six touchdowns across 13 playoff games, including one touchdown in each of the two Super Bowl victories he was a part of (XLIX, LI). He also hauled in eight catches for 152 yards in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Amendola also served as a kick and punt returner throughout his career and tossed two touchdown passes on gadget plays.

The 36-year-old was a free agent this offseason after completing a one-year contract with the Texans. ESPN reported that multiple teams had called him, but that he is looking into entering the broadcasting ranks instead.

–Field Level Media

Jun 15, 2022; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie III (88) runs with the ball during minicamp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans WR John Metchie III announces leukemia diagnosis

Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia.

Metchie, 22, said he likely won’t play football this season.

“Recently I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia. I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time,” Metchie said in a statement, per the Texans.

“As a result of this diagnosis, I will likely not be playing football this season. My main focus will be on my health and recovery. Thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes.”

Metchie, 22, recorded 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season before tearing his ACL in Alabama’s 41-24 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. He reportedly had been making progress in his recovery from the knee injury.

Metchie had 155 catches for 2,081 yards and 14 TDs in three seasons with the Crimson Tide before being selected by the Texans in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA;  Houston Texans running back Darius Anderson (30) stretches at minicamp at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Police amend charge against Texans RB Darius Anderson

Houston police said a coding error was to blame for erroneous charges against Texans running back Darius Anderson, and his charge was updated.

Anderson, 24, will be arraigned Wednesday on a charge of burglary with intent to commit assault.

The originally announced charge of burglary with intent to rape was attributed to a coding error, police said on Monday.

Anderson was arrested Friday after a woman accused him of breaking into her home and chasing her. She was able to call the police from a bathroom.

“We are aware of the report involving Darius Anderson,” the Texans said in a statement Monday. “We are gathering information and have no further comment at this time.”

Anderson has yet to play in an NFL game after four seasons at TCU from 2016-19. After spending time with the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts, he was signed to the Texans’ practice squad last December. In January, he signed a reserve/future contract with Houston.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA;  Houston Texans running back Darius Anderson (30) stretches at minicamp at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Texans RB Darius Anderson charged with burglary with intent to rape

The Houston Texans said Monday they are trying to learn more about the criminal case filed against running back Darius Anderson, who was charged last week with burglary with intent to rape at a home in Houston.

Anderson was arrested on Friday. A woman has accused him of breaking into her home and chasing her. She was able to call the police from a bathroom.

Anderson is not currently in custody and will be arraigned in court on Wednesday, according to court records.

“We are aware of the report involving Darius Anderson,” the Texans said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We are gathering information and have no further comment at this time.”

Anderson, 24, has yet to play in an NFL game after spending four seasons at TCU. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 before signing one with the Texans this past January after being added to the Texans’ practice squad last December.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with head coach Kevin Stefanski after minicamp on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Canton, Ohio, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Browns Hof 4

Report: Watson, NFLPA plan to sue if suspended for 2022

Deshaun Watson and the NFL Players Association have already decided to file a federal lawsuit against the NFL if arbitrator Sue L. Robinson decides Watson should be suspended from the league for a full year, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

It was reported in June that during Watson’s disciplinary hearing, the NFL was pushing for an indefinite suspension lasting at least one year.

Watson, now with the Cleveland Browns, was sued by 24 women who accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions when he played for the Houston Texans.

Watson’s camp reached confidential settlements last month with 20 of the 24 women who brought civil lawsuits against him. On Friday, attorney Tony Buzbee, who represented Watson’s accusers, announced that the Texans had reached confidential settlements with the Texans.

Watson has continued to deny wrongdoing, and in March two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him on criminal charges. But he still could be punished by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, was expected to issue a ruling before the Browns report to training camp on July 26. But Yahoo reported Monday that Robinson’s decision might “overlap” with the start of the Browns’ camp.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with head coach Kevin Stefansky after minicamp on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Canton, Ohio, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

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Texans settle with 30 Deshaun Watson accusers

The attorney representing Deshaun Watson’s accusers says 30 women have reached confidential settlements with the Houston Texans.

“Today all of the women who have made, or intended to make, claims against the Houston Texans organization have resolved their claims,” attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement on Friday. “The terms of the settlements, to include the amounts paid each, are confidential.

“I will have no further comment on the allegations or the Texans’ alleged role, other than to say that there is a marked contrast in the way in which the Texans addressed these allegations, and the way in which Watson’s team has done so.”

Watson, now with the Cleveland Browns, was sued by 24 women who accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions when he played for the Texans.

One of those women also sued the Texans, alleging the team had enabled Watson’s behavior. That lawsuit is now settled, according to Buzbee.

Watson, 26, announced his own settlements last month with 20 of the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits. Buzbee previously said the four pending cases remain active and on track for trial in 2023.

Watson repeatedly has denied any wrongdoing and has never been arrested or charged.

Watson is awaiting a decision from the NFL about a possible suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy.

Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, is expected to issue a ruling before the Browns report to training camp on July 26.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened when we first learned of the allegations against our then franchise quarterback in March 2021,” a statement from the Texans’ Janice McNair and Hannah and Cal McNair said Friday.

“Although our organization did not have any knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, we have intentionally chosen to resolve this matter amicably. This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, but instead a clear stand against any form of sexual assault and misconduct.

“We hope that today’s resolution will provide some form of closure to the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large.”

The Texans held Watson out of action for the entire 2021 season as he was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. However, he was never indicted, and the Browns acquired him in a March trade, giving up three first-round draft picks.

Cleveland also signed the three-time Pro Bowl selection to a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $230 million. However, Watson’s salary for 2022 reportedly is just $1 million to protect against the possibility that he could be facing a lengthy ban.

–Field Level Media