Texans release LB Lamarr Houston

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Lamarr Houston’s time with the Houston Texans is now over after a short stint with the club.

Earlier in the season, the Houston Texans signed veteran linebacker Lamarr Houston after they lost Whitney Mercilus for the year to a torn biceps muscle.

Now the Texans are parting ways with Houston, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 30 year-old Houston recorded seven tackles, one sack and one forced fumble for the Texans this season.

Not only do the Texans want to get a better look at their younger players, but they also had to free up a roster spot for linebacker Brian Cushing, now that his suspension is over. He reported to NRG Stadium on Tuesday.

I would hope that Cushing was working out and staying in game shape during his suspension.  But as long as rookies Dylan Cole and Zach Cunningham are healthy enough to play, I’m not sure what kind of role he’ll have for the remainder of the season.

With the playoffs almost out of reach, it only makes sense for the Texans to give both Cunningham and Cole more reps in order for them to gain more experience.

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Brennan Scarlett looked pretty good at outside linebacker against the Ravens, which is also why the Texasn likely feel comfortable moving on from Houston.

Scarlett did suffer a foot injury against Baltimore. The Texans are likely confident that he’ll be OK.

The 24 year-old Scarlett went undrafted in 2016 out of Stanford. He has 29 tackles and two sacks this season for the Texans.