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Houston Texans Cut Andre Brown And Dennis Johnson, Sign William Powell To Two-Year Deal

The writing was on the wall for Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson after the Texans' first preseason game. They're gone, and the team has signed a new running back.

William Powell in flight.
William Powell in flight.
Norm Hall

The Houston Texans have cut Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson.'s Tania Ganguli tweeted out:

On some level, the writing appeared to be on the wall, at least for Brown; he didn't play at all in the team's preseason opener in Arizona and seemed almost resigned to things ending in Houston when he spoke to the media earlier today.

For his part, Johnson only had one carry in the loss to the Cardinals, and he nearly got Tom Savage killed when he failed to block anyone, leading to a safety.

Brown signed a one-year, $645,000 contract with Houston back in April. He had previously had two 100-yard games with the Giants last season.

Dennis Johnson bounced between the Texans and Browns' practice squad for most of last season. Johnson did make one start for the Texans last season, rushing 12 times for 29 yards against the Broncos on December 22nd.

With Brown and Johnson leaving, it followed that the Texans would look to add a RB. It appears they went with one of the three RBs they worked out earlier today.

Powell, a Houston native, wasn't on a NFL roster last year. His career stats don't exactly scream "difference-maker," so he's got a stiff uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, even with Johnson and Brown both gone.

Best of luck to Dennis Johnson and Andre Brown as they look to continue their careers elsewhere.