Newcomer Routt might play, has nothing to prove

Newcomer Routt might play, has nothing to prove
December 8, 2012, 10:00 am
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Kubiak on his newest corner, Routt

The Texans signed Stanford Routt on Tuesday. They might need him to play on Monday.

According to head coach Gary Kubiak, there’s a good chance Routt might need to be active for Monday’s game depending on the health of Alan Ball.

With Brice McCain already out, Johnathan Joseph dealing with a hamstring injury and Ball suffering with a toe injury, Routt might need to be ready to play on Monday.

“Depending on Alan, he could very well be suiting up this weekend,” Kubiak said. “And if he does, he’s going to have to play some special teams and possibly go out there. I think it’s a good chance for his career.”

“I guess it will be crazy,” Routt said.

After spending his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Routt was released by Oakland in February. He then signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs worth nearly $20 million.

They cut him on Nov. 5 after the team said he wasn’t acclimating himself to their system quickly enough. After starting 15 games with the Raiders last season, Routt was out of work.

“I don’t really look at it like I have anything to prove,” Routt said. “I know exactly what went down. It’s not important what went down. But I don’t look at it like it’s anything to prove. Because it just isn’t.”

Routt said several teams contacted him during his month as a free agent and added that several were interested in him.  

“He’s faster than everybody, so that’s a good start,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “Very athletic and he’s a veteran guy … he understands the concepts. He’s already caught on to what we do defensively, especially on third downs.”

A former Houston Cougar, Routt said he enjoyed being able to come back home and play for the Texans. Some Cougar fans have already reached out to Routt.  

“Obviously, anytime you step on the football field it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s gonna be great for the rest of the season.”