Fox’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ dream: Troy Aikman to Peyton Manning

In an effort to help make Thursday Night Football a primetime event, Fox is hoping to use Hall of Famer Troy Aikman as part of its pregame show that will either emanate from the site of each game or from the network’s Los Angeles studios, The Post has learned.

Fox will broadcast 11 games per season, at about $60 million per game. The deal is for five seasons. The network will still continue with its NFC-centric package on Sunday afternoons.

Fox and the NFL Network are teaming up for draft coverage next month, again challenging ESPN. While Fox will carry an NFL Network simulcast, Aikman may join the draft coverage. One source said it was 50-50, at this point.

The Houston Chronicle spoke to two agents who said the team would not consider signing players who were seen kneeling during the national anthem. The report states that it’s not a directive from within the organization, but there is an understanding of which players Houston should pursue in free agency.

The Texans denied such a policy, saying it was false and without merit.

The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization, the team said in a statement.

But it’s not Texans owner Bob McNair’s first foray into this controversy. McNair, according to ESPN, said in a league meeting last season that the league was letting inmates running the prison. Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped a practice after the reports became public in late October and many other players considered walking out.

McNair apologized to the team, arguing the inmates comment was not referencing players, though the Chronicle reports few on the team believed him. Texans players knelt and/or linked arms before their next game.

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