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Texans may finally get some clarity on Deshaun Watson investigation this Friday

Friday could be a huge day for the Texans. Composite image by Jack Brame.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting that the district attorney investigating Deshaun Watson will present her case to the grand jury on Friday. Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, had previously been pointing to April 1 as a date in which we would know if Watson would be charged criminally. But it looks like Watson and the Houston Texans will get an answer sooner than anticipated. So soon in fact that Hardin told The New York Timesthat he hopes a decision will be made that day.

If the grand jury decides not to move forward with criminal charges against Watson, the process of trading him will get substantially easier. Of course that's a big if, but either way, the Texans and Watson should get more clarity about his future over the next few days. As far as Watson pleading the fifth is his civil deposition, that won't impact whether the grand jury decides to move forward with criminal charges.

And the timing could actually benefit the Texans, with Aaron Rodgers deciding to stay in Green Bay, and the Seahawks getting a huge haul for QB Russell Wilson on Tuesday. Watson is the last elite QB on the market. The Panthers, Commanders, and Eagles are all rumored to have interest.

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Lovie Smith's testy encounter with a local reporter after the Texans loss to the Commanders has been a big topic of discussion locally in Houston this week, causing many to question if the reporter went a little too far.

In fact, this heated interaction even garnered national attention from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on First Take. Stephen A. questioned whether the local reporter would have behaved the same way if former Texans coach Bill O'Brien was still running things.

Be sure to check out the video above as ESPN Houston's John Grananto and Lance Zierlein share their thoughts on the reporter's line of questioning.

Plus, the guys weigh in on Stephen A.'s position, and answer his question with a resounding “Yes!”

Editor's note: The Stephen A. portion of the segment begins at the 9-minute mark.

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