Like all football fans, the Houston Texans are eager to kick off the regular season.
According to a report by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, it appears the Texans tried to end their training camp media access earlier and move to a regular season routine.
McClain said the Texans told reporters covering the team that Wednesday will be the last day of training camp and the club will switch to their regular season mode on Thursday.
What’s the big deal?
Houston’s regular-season media access means reporters would only be able to watch parts of practice, a tradition Bill O’Brien started with his arrival in 2014. His predecessors, Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak, are said to have allowed the media to watch all the workouts.
NFL rules say, according to McClain, that daily practices must be fully open until August 26, the Thursday before Houston’s preseason final against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium.
The league has ruled in favor of the media and access to training camp will continue.
The move seems to follow the way the Texans have operated this spring. After the Texans wrapped up their eight-week offseason program with 10 organized team activity sessions, they announced that they would not be hosting a mandatory minicamp, citing that they had done all their necessary work.
Houston kicks off the preseason Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. PT against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.