The Houston Texans made a bunch of roster moves on Wednesday. One of them was claiming linebacker Ben Heeney off of waivers.
The Houston Texans have claimed inside linebacker Ben Heeney off of waivers on Wednesday after the New Orleans Saints decided to release him on Tuesday.
Heeney will bolster the Texans’ current linebacking corp with veteran linebacker Brian Cushing still out for another seven games due to his performance enhancing drug suspension from earlier in the season.
The 24 year-old Heeney was a fifth round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2015. He was just waived by them prior to the start of the 2017 season.
Heeney has recorded 53 total tackles, one forced fumble, 2.5 forced fumbles and one pass deflection during his career so far.
In order to make room for Heeney on their 53-man roster, the Texans released safety Kurtis Drummond.
Drummond has been with the Texans since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015.
The Texans also officially announced on Wednesday that they have signed safety Marcus Cromartie and placed running back Tyler Ervin on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a knee injury this past Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
With rookie inside linebackers Dylan Cole and Zach Cunningham playing great for the Texans through the first four weeks of the season, Houston won’t need Heeney to help out on defense.
Heeney could end up contributing on the field as a special teams player.
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