WATT MAKES RE­TURN AS TEX­ANS OPEN CAMP

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING -

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.

Foot­notes.

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

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