Friday was a busy day at NRG Stadium, as the Texans released a reported 11 players in their mandatory process to trim the roster to 53. One of the more anticipated cuts, yet one that really stings in terms of lost investment opportunity, was the release of former second-round pick CB Brandon Harris. That means today will be equally as busy to wrap up one of the most challenging aspects of the pre-season--shattering the dreams of young men who want to play football in the NFL. Some of these guys will get picked up by other teams, and some will be signed to the Texans' practice squad.
It was reported yesterday that the Texans made a practice squad offer to WR Travis Labhart if he clears waivers.
Source confirms to me that #Texans have offered WR Travis Labhart a spot on the practice squad if he clears waivers.— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) August 30, 2014
Teams can officially start signing players to their practice squad Sunday at 11 a.m. With the real possibility of the Texans repeatedly using their advantageous number one waiver wire position, it is highly likely that they cut below the 53-man limit today in preparation for picking up one or more players tomorrow.
UPDATE (11:54 A.M. CDT):
More Texans defensive cuts NT Mathews, ILBs Bullough, Young; OLB McAllister, CB Williams, DEs Browner, Warmsley.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 30, 2014
More Texans offensive cuts: WRs Nwachukwu, Bester; G Kupper, C Ferentz, TE Denham, G Irwin, OT Feiler.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 30, 2014
Here is the updated roster at this point. Keep coming back to see the latest as we track the Texans' roster cuts throughout the day.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, Case Keenum
RB: Arian Foster, Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue, Ronnie Brown
WR: Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Devier Posey, Mike Thomas, Keshawn Martin,
Travis Labhart, Lacoltan Bester, Uzoma Nwachukwu
TE: Garrett Graham, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin,
Anthony Denham, Zach Potter
FB: Jay Prosch,
LT: Duane Brown, Will Yeatman
LG: Ben Jones, Xavier Su’a-Filo
C: Chris Myers,
RG: Brandon Brooks,
Alex Kupper, Bronson Irwin
RT: Derek Newton, Tyson Clabo,
Matt Feiler, Mike Farrell
RDE: J.J. Watt, Tim Jamison
NT: Jerrell Powe,
Ricardo Mathews, Louis Nix III
LDE: Jared Crick,
Keith Browner,Jeoffrey Pagan, Julius Warmsley
SLB: Brooks Reed, Jason Ankrah,
ILB: Brian Cushing, Justin Tuggle,
Max Bullough, Chris Young
ILB: Jeff Tarpinian, Mike Mohamed, Akeem Dent
JLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus,
LCB: Kareem Jackson, A.J. Bouye, Josh Victorian,
RCB: Johnathan Joseph,
Brandon Harris,Elbert Mack, Andre Hal
SS: D.J. Swearinger, Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant
FS: Kendrick Lewis, Chris Clemons,
PK: Randy Bullock,
P: Shane Lechler
LS: Jon Weeks
Keep the roster chatter, as well as any updates you read about additional cuts, going in the Comments below.