Sources: Watt had heated exchange with O'Brien

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Bill O’Brien got into a heated exchange with Houston Texans star J.J. Watt during a recent practice, ESPN has confirmed.

The incident, which also included defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver, took place in the week leading up to the winless Texans’ Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that “a verbal blowup at practice” occurred two weeks ago, with one source telling ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the incident was when O’Brien “lost the team.”

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The Texans fell to 0-4 with their loss this past Sunday to the Vikings, and O’Brien was fired as head coach and general manager a day later.

Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, on Wednesday said he is looking forward to a “fresh start” after O’Brien was fired as coach and general manager following the Texans’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

“I’m not going to talk about what happened at practice or what conversations were had or whatever it may be,” Watt said. “The situation is what the situation is and we … right now have a fresh start and we had a good practice today

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