The Texans have released eight-year veteran Tim Dobbins, leaving two roster openings at inside linebacker going into their off week.
Brian Cushing, of course, was lost for the season – again – with ligament damage and a fracture in the same knee that cost him 11 games in 2012. But, obviously, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips weren’t pleased with the play of Dobbins, who has been with the team since 2011 and started five games last year after Cushing went down.
Neither Kubiak nor Phillips were available for comment and Dobbins, a special teams standout who had also played for Phillips in San Diego, left the locker room without speaking to the media. He has been bothered by shoulder and hamstring issues since training camp.
The Texans currently have five roster spots open – four of them at linebacker. Rookies Sam Montgomery and Willie Jefferson, who both played outside, were cut Monday after being sent home from Kansas City for violating unspecified team rules. Also released was rookie running back Cierre Wood for the same infraction.
At present, the Texans don’t have a healthy running back after Arian Foster and Ben Tate were both injured against the Chiefs. Foster re-strained the hamstring that kept him sidelined during the preseason and Tate suffered broken ribs, although he did return to play the rest of the game.