Shaughnessy responds to Arian Foster's Twitter avatar

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Shaughnessy responds to Arian Foster's Twitter avatar

Dan Shaughnessy isn't giving the Houston Texans a chance next Sunday.

In his latest column for the Boston Globe, he wrote that the Patriots wouldn't have much of a problem beating up on the Texans as they did the last time the two sides met.

Well, Arian Foster - the Texans star running back - saw the article. How do we know? He made it his Twitter avatar (picture).

That prompted a firestorm of speculation as to whether Shaughnessy was right in writing what he did, or if players like Foster on the Texans just can't stand the the heat.

Shaughnessy joined Lou Merloni on Sports Tonight to discuss the situation.

"This is indicative of the problems that they have there in Houston," Shaughnessy said. "If you wrote something about the Giants or the Jets, no player would respond to something that was in the Boston Globe. So yeah, it's a little bit alarming. It's a litle piece of evidence that those guys are in trouble. I hope I'm wrong, I want a close game. I want some competition."

Check out the video for much more.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.