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Houston Texans Cut Brandon Harris; Two Others

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The Houston Texans are working fast and furiously to make decisions on who will make the final 53-man roster.

More cuts were announced and this includes the release of defensive back Brandon Harris, linebacker Quentin Groves and linebacker Chris McAllister.

CSN Houston’s James Palmer, who broke the news first, reported on the cut:

Harris, 24, was a 2011 2nd-round pick that was traded by the New England Patriots in exchange for Stevan Ridley and Marcus Cannon.

Ouch! It kind of hurts that we’re cutting a pick that we traded for and that we had an opportunity to have one of the best running backs in league in Ridley. But that was 2011, and Arian Foster was on the upside to eventually go on and have a career season.

Harris had 29 tackles, eight assists and eight passes defended in his three seasons with the Texans. He did appear in all 16 games in 2013.

Harris had underperformed throughout training camp but made a strong push late in the preseason as to why he should be on the roster. However, he was virtually a no-show in Thursday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers; and A.J. Bouye, his main competition, has performed consistently better with his versatility playing on either side warranting his retention on the roster.

Patrick Starr of State of the Texans reported on the Groves cut:

Groves, 30, a six-year veteran who was signed in the off season had most recently had been with the Cleveland Browns in part-time duty. But, it was an uphill battle for Groves against the logjam of linebackers the Texans currently have. Groves recorded five tackles this past preseason.

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports on the McAllister cut:

McAllister, an undrafted rookie signed this offseason, was a long shot to make the roster and was sparsely used throughout the preseason. It’s important to note that the all-Big 12 defensive end finished his college career being tied as the all-time leader in sacks at Baylor U with 14.5 of them.

That brings the current count to 66. More cuts will be announced before the deadline of 3 p.m. CDT as the Texans trim their roster to 53 players.

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