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Houston Texans Roster News: Andre Roberts Cut, Various Offensive Linemen Worked Out

Things have changed fast.

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After another hilarious and terrible loss, this time to the crappy Indianapolis Colts, the Texans have pulled out the scythe and taken a long swipe at the roster. Houston released Whitney Mercilus yesterday, opening the door for Jonathan Greenard to get more than 50% of the snaps. In addition to that, the Texans made a variety of additional moves.

The first is that the Texans cut former Pro Bowl returner Andre Roberts. He was signed to do one thing, and one thing only—return kicks. Instead, Roberts fumbled the ball and was a key factor in the Texans’ miserable special teams performance.

In Roberts’ place will probably be Desmond King, who had some success as a kick returner in the preseason.

It was announced late last week that Marcus Cannon would have back surgery and yesterday we learned he is out for the rest of the season.

Cannon was fine at right tackle. He held his own in pass protection, but didn’t make a difference in the run game, though he wasn’t a negative. Deciding to trade for a 33 year old offensive tackle with an injury history who sat out the entirety of last season, just to move Tytus Howard to guard made zero sense when it happened and it still doesn’t make sense. The process was terrible. The results were terrible.

As a result of Cannon’s unavailability and Laremy Tunsil having a surgery of his own, Houston rolled out an offensive line configuration of Geron Christian Sr., Tytus Howard, Justin McCray, Max Scharping, and Charlie Heck against the Colts. It will be the same this week against the Cardinals. In a related story, J.J. Watt now has dinner plates for eyes.

In the meantime, Houston worked out Harry Crider and former Cardinals starting guard Earl Watford, as their practice squad being poached of young offensive linemen.

These are the moves the Texans have made entering this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.