Texans Cut Three Players To Get Roster Down To 75

The Texans made their last three roster moves today by waiving outside linebacker Paul Hazel, offensive lineman Conor Boffeli and receiver Anthony McClung, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The roster stands at 75 going into Thursday’s last preseason game against San Francisco at NRG Stadium.

Bill O’Brien Says No Rush To Get Andre Johnson Back

Andre Johnson

Texans receiver Andre Johnson missed another practice Friday with a hamstring problem, reports the Houston Chronicle. Coach Bill O’Brien said “there’s no reason to rush him back.”

“He’s doing better. It’s something we talk about every day. When he feels ready to be back, (he’ll be back). That’s not a serious injury. One thing I’ve noticed about Andre from our offseason conversations is that he’s a very bright guy. He’s already got a lot of the things down. In the afternoon we walk through a lot of things with him, routes, adjustments signals, things like that,” O’Brien added.

“It’s been my experience with guys of that caliber, being one of the top receivers in the league, they get there for a reason. They have talent, they’re good teammates and they’re smart. You can see that with Andre.”

Johnson tweaked his hamstring while making a diving catch Monday.

Texans Waive 2013 Third-Round Pick Brennan Williams

Brennan Williams

Second-year offensive tackle Brennan Williams was waived by the Texans with the “failed physical” designation on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Williams, a third-round pick in 2013, did not play for the Texans last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee.

The 2013 draft has mostly been a failure for the Texans.

Third-round picks Sam Montgomery and Williams, and sixth-round pick Chris Jones are no longer with the team. Sixth-rounders Alan Bonner and David Quessenberry have yet to contribute. Fourth-round pick Trevardo Williams was placed on the PUP list Monday.

Brian Cushing Says He’ll Be Ready For Texans Opener

Brian Cushing

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been sidelined by injuries in each of the past two seasons. When the season starts in September, Cushing says he will be out on the field, Ryan Hagerty of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I know I’ll be ready,” Cushing said in an interview with the Texans team website on Tuesday. “I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there.”

Cushing was placed on injured reserve in Week 7 of the 2013 season after he broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament on a low block by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. It was the second season-ending injury in two seasons.

Cushing tore his ACL in October 2012 during a Monday night win over the Jets. A controversial low block by Jets guard Matt Slauson led to a $10,000 fine and rules change that now protects defensive players from certain blocks.

Cushing said he does not have a timetable for his return, but he has been training hard to make sure he is ready.

“I’m still working out every day,” Cushing told the website. “I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp, come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job.”

“It’s been a tough two years, but I’m ready to put it behind me and have a great year,” Cushing said. “I feel good, and I’m just excited about the opportunity and the things ahead of us for this team.”

Johnson Appears To Want Out – Texans Can’t Find A Trading Partner

Andre Johnson

Before OTAs and minicamp, star wide receiver Andre Johnson told the Texans he had heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

He told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The question revolved around his $1 million bonus for attending workouts.

Though Johnson had missed some of the sessions, he wanted to earn his money back by working out extra, allowing him to receive the money.

The Texans told him no, per two sources informed of the situation.

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

The Texans have not yet been willing to trade him.

The Texans have resisted his request for a trade thus far, though four teams have expressed interest. Meanwhile, one veteran Texans player said while the team wants Johnson to play with them in 2014, they’ve also told him from a business sense, “Stick to your guns.”

Clowney Says He Played All of 2013 With a Sports Hernia

Jadeveon Clowney

Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played the 2013 season at South Carolina with a sports hernia injury.

This per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle who said Gil Brandt told him that Clowney shared that info with him at Rookie Symposium.

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Texans Release QB T.J. Yates

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Count QB T.J. Yates out of the mix in Houston, as the team today released Yates, getting the roster down to three QB’s.

“Can’t thank Texans organization and city of Houston enough! We’ve had some great memories and I will always call Houston home,” Yates tweeted late in the afternoon Tuesday.

Yates, who was the team’s 2011 fifth-round pick, led the Texans to a playoff win two years ago against the Bengals in Houston before falling the next week to the Ravens.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to be the teams starter right now, with Casey Keenum and rookie fourth-rounder Tom Savage going at it for the role of backup.