WATT MAKES RETURN AS TEXANS OPEN CAMP
W.VA.» A year WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, after missing all of the preseason on his way to an injury-shortened regular season, J.J. Watt made his return to training camp for the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
Practice never felt quite so good for the three-time NFL defensive player of the year.
“It’s just good to be back on the field, be back playing football, be back with my teammates,” Watt said. “It’s just — it feels good. It feels like where I belong.”
Watt played in only three games last season due to a pair of back surgeries. The first was to repair a herniated disk in July, causing him to miss all of training camp and Houston’s four preseason games.
The defensive end, who won the defensive player of the year award in 2012, 2014 and 2015, then started in the Texans’ first three regular-season games before reinjuring his back and undergoing season-ending surgery.
• The New York Jets claimed wide receiver-kick returner Lucky Whitehead, two days after the Cowboys cut him following a shoplifting charge in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
• The Minnesota Vikings have signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen to a contract extension and placed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp, with more rehabilitation necessary for his left knee.
• Tight end Jordan Reed was a surprise inclusion on the Washington Redskins’ physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp because of a toe injury.
• The Tennessee Titans agreed to a multiyear contract extension with offensive tackle Dennis Kelly.
• Buffalo Bills safety Colt Anderson was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list because of a foot injury a day before the team opens training camp.
• Safety Reshad Jones was placed on the active-nonfootball injury list by the Miami Dolphins for the start of training camp. The team didn’t disclose the nature of the injury. Receiver Rashawn Scott was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list because of a foot injury. Tackle Avery Young was placed on the active-nonfootball injury list.
• The Los Angeles Chargers acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
Cavs owner talks about Irving.
In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the all-star point guard’s request, but he also didn’t rule out the real possibility that Cleveland may deal its second-best player.
“These things are fluid,” Gilbert said. “We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA. He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent — significantly.”
Despite several direct questions about Irving’s status, Gilbert would not provide any specifics about recent conversations with him or his agent. Gilbert said he expected the 25-yearold to be at training camp with the team in September.
• John Wall signed his $170 million, four-year contract extension that owner Ted Leonsis said provides Washington with long-term stability.
• The Phoenix Suns re-signed big man Alan Williams to a three-year, $17 million contract.
Ryan Blaney, 23, will make the move to Team Penske and drive a third entry for the team in 2018. Blaney will drive the No. 12 Ford and join Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski in team owner Roger Penske’s NASCAR lineup. … Paul Menard will leave Richard Childress Racing and drive for Wood Brothers Racing next season. Menard won the 2011 Brickyard 400 for his lone Cup win driving for RCR. … C.J. Sapong scored his career-high 10th goal of the season to help the Philadelphia Union beat the Columbus Crew 3-0 in MLS. — The Associated Press