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Aikman irked with Fox for adding Bayless

Skip Bayless' new debate show, Undisputed, debuted Tuesday morning on Fox Sports 1, but do not expect his Fox colleague Troy Aikman to send a congratulatory fruit basket.

Aikman, the network's lead NFL analyst — he will work the Giants-Cowboys opener on Sunday — has disliked Bayless for years and it was widely known around Fox that the former ESPN host's hiring angered the Hall of Fame quarterback.

Tuesday, Aikman's disgust went public when si.com published comments in which the former Cowboy said, "To say I'm disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement."

Bayless famously made an unsubstantiated assertion that Aikman is gay in his 1996 book on the Cowboys, Hell-Bent. Aikman told si.com in 2015, "I'm upset about it because it was made up and there was nothing accurate about anything that was insinuated. And he did it, as he does everything, just for attention."

Bayless co-hosts the show with former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Bears: Former Bucs kicker Connor Barth was signed to replace Robbie Gould. Barth, who played 12 games for Tampa Bay last season, signed with the Saints in May but was released on Saturday.

Bills: Safety Aaron Williams returned to practice for the first time in nearly a month, and acknowledged he needs to play smarter to reduce the risk of future head injuries. Coach Rex Ryan said the starter is "ready to go" for Buffalo's season opener Sunday at Baltimore.

Cowboys: No domestic abuse charges will be filed against rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, after an investigation. A release from the prosecutor's office in Columbus, Ohio, where Elliott starred in college at Ohio State, said in part that it "is declining to approve criminal charges … primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents." Elliott had maintained he did nothing wrong.

Dolphins: They are preparing to play the opener without starting center Mike Pouncey for the second time in three seasons. The former Gator has been rehabbing a hip injury he suffered nearly three weeks ago, though coach Adam Gase insists he's day to day.

Saints: They cut veteran kicker Kai Forbath and signed Wil Lutz, a rookie who spent the preseason with Baltimore. Forbath had won a preseason competition with Connor Barth. New Orleans also released cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

Vikings: Shaun Hill was listed as the first-team quarterback ahead of recently acquired Sam Bradford on an unofficial depth chart. Bradford is still settling in and learning the offense after the Eagles traded him to Minnesota on Saturday. Hill or Bradford will replace Teddy Bridgewater, who will have surgery Thursday to repair a ACL and other structural damage in his left knee, according to ESPN. The non-contact injury caused Bridgewater's knee to dislocate Aug. 30 during a routine practice drill.

Aikman irked with Fox for adding Bayless 09/06/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:07pm]
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