NFL teams are always coming up with weird and wonderful ways of improving their players and the offseason is usually the time where such ideas are put into action.
So it should come as no surprise that the Houston Texans have taken the unique step of introducing mixed martial arts sessions for their players to participate in in the upcoming months.
As reported by ESPN, new strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has informed players that MMA will be the order of the day every Thursday.
And it looks like some of the players at least are excited about the prospect of giving a new sport a go:
"I've done some outside the box type stuff...But they're having some ways of training. As long as you approach it with an open mind, you'll be alright," said center Chris Myers.
And punter Shane Lechler seems happy that the sometimes monotonous routine of an NFL pro is being updated:
"You can only lift the same weight and run the same runs so many times. It'll be nice to do something different," he explained.
The move will certainly make for some interesting sessions, and could actually work to unite the franchise which struggled last season with players pushed outside of their comfort zone.
Or it could end in a long list of horrendous injuries.
Either way it will be interesting to see how this one goes down with the Texans roster.