The Texans placed running back Cierre Wood, defensive end Sam Montgomery and outside linebacker Willie Jefferson on waivers today.
The Texans gave no explanation for releasing the three rookies, all of whom were inactive for Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chiefs, but a person familiar with the situation said they were waived because they violated unspecified team rules at their Kansas City hotel on Saturday.
The same person said Wood, Jefferson and Montgomery were sent home to Houston on Sunday morning and informed they were being released today.
The Texans could have used Wood against the Chiefs. He led the team in rushing in preseason after signing as an undrafted free agent. Arian Foster had a sore hamstring last week and left the game in the first quarter.
Ben Tate suffered an injury to his ribs, left the game, but returned and was ineffective from that point on.
Jefferson, who was kicked out of Baylor after failing multiple tests for marijuana, played at Stephen F. Austin. He was signed as an undrafted free agent and showed a lot of potential as a pass rusher. He contributed on special teams.
Montgomery was a wasted third-round pick. He began as an outside linebacker from LSU but was moved to defensive end. He had been inactive for every game this season.
The Texans will have three roster spots available. Expect them to look for a veteran inside linebacker now that Brian Cushing is out for the season with a knee injury.