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If the Texans got their way, the team would have been able to significantly restrict media access over the next couple weeks. Once a team transitions to the regular season, it can begin to restrict media access during practices. The Texans attempted to switch to regular season mode Wednesday, but were informed it would violate NFL rules, which stipulate practices must be fully open to local media until Aug. 26.
The Texans were reminded of that rule, and reversed course.
It's the first training camp held under new head coach David Culley, who was hired by the team in the offseason.
Texans dealing with Deshaun Watson situation
The move to try and limit media access comes as the Texans are trying to navigate around the Deshaun Watson situation. Watson was accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by 22 women during the offseason.
Despite that, Watson reported to training camp, but hasn't taken many reps with the team. He also will not play in the team's first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
In addition to that, the team put out its first "unofficial" depth chart Wednesday and Watson was listed fourth on the quarterback depth chart.
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The entire situation should draw extra attention from the media, who likely have questions regarding what's going on with Watson and why Watson isn't getting practice reps.
Limiting media access wouldn't necessarily make those questions go away, but it would make it easier for the team to control the narrative regarding Watson's status.
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