Texans pick up Eric Kush, place Greg Mancz on IR


The Houston Texans signed center Eric Kush to the roster this week after rookie lineman Greg Mancz was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Kush was drafted in the sixth round out of California (PA) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. He played in three games for the Chiefs, making his lone career start in week 17 of the 2013 season at the San Diego Chargers.

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He has bounced around after being released by the Chiefs during the final roster cutdown this year, and then was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released a week later, not appearing in their week one game against the Tennessee Titans. Two days later, the Carolina Panthers signed him to their practice squad. They released him just about a week ago.

During his time in college he played in 49 games, making 31 starts. He had a decorated career in college, being selected to the East-West Shrine Game as a senior in 2012 . He was also named D2Football.com second-team All-American, Don Hansen Third-Team All-Region and AllPSAC West First-Team while starting all 11 games (10 at center, one at left tackle).

He started 12 games at center and earned the DeMichela Award. Started his college career at left tackle but eventually moved inside as his career went on.

Mancz was an undrafted free agent out of Toledo who earned a spot on the opening day roster as a backup center. He suffered his injury in the win over Tennessee this past Sunday. Kush now takes over as the primary backup to starting center Ben Jones.