The Texans are thin at the inside linebacker position. But help might be on the way.
Veteran linebacker Joe Mays is on his way to Houston for a visit, according to a league source.
Mays spent the last three seasons with the Denver Broncos after being taken by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in six games and started four last year but was released by the Broncos on July 23. Mays lost his starting job last season, then broke his leg playing special teams and missed the rest of the year.
Brian Cushing is still working his way back from an ACL surgery and the other expected starting inside linebacker, Darryl Sharpton, is on the Active/Non-football injury list.
With those two not practicing fully, the Texans are very thin at inside linebacker. They also lost a starter in Bradie James from last year's team.
The Texans still have Tim Dobbins, Cameron Collins and Mike Mohamed. And Brooks Reed has the capability to play inside also.
Veteran NFL reporter Adam Caplan first reported the Texans' interest in Mays.
It was Mays who hit Matt Schaub helmet-to-helmet last September. The hit took a piece of Schaub's ear off. Mays reportedly apologized to Schaub after the game but was suspended for one game and fined.