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NFL Lockout Ends, Players Unanimously Approve Deal

By the thousands of tweets recently on Twitter, the NFL Lockout of 2011 is over. The players have agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement that enables the league to kick off it's 2011 season schedule with only one pre-season game missed. 

The schedule will create a hectic week for all involved as all 32 teams will begin their training camp during the weekend. For those interested, your Houston Texans begin camp on Sunday in preparation for their pre-season opener against the New York Jets.

As for signings, Bob Glauber reports that negotiations can begin tomorrow with signings taking place on Friday. No player can be waived until Thursday, so expect the news to fly this weekend with rumors and deals. One deal already in place is that reserve tackle Rashad Butler indicated on The Nuno and Raheel Show that he will not be returning to Houston. Presumably, the 28-year old will move to a place where he can fight for a starting position. I would expect the Texans to bring in a veteran body to back up Duane Brown and Eric Winston.

Keep checking Battle Red Blog and SB Nation Houston for all your post-lockout news.


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