Texans cut Montgomery, Wood and Jefferson

Texans cut Montgomery, Wood and Jefferson
October 21, 2013, 2:15 pm
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The Texans have waived rookies Sam Montgomery, Willie Jefferson and Cierre Wood CSNHouston has confirmed.

All three were inactive on Sunday.

The Houston Chronicle first reported the cuts. The three players will go through the NFL's waiver system. If they go unclaimed, they'll be free agents.

"I made a childish mistake," said Montomgery, who said he walked into a hotel room where Jefferson and Wood were smoking a cigar, then went to team meetings and was called by head coach Gary Kubiak.

The Texans could have used Wood, the undrafted rookie from Notre Dame, on Sunday. With Arian Foster out of the game with a hamstring injury and with Ben Tate leaving the game for a while with an injury of his own, the Texans were left without a running back.

Montgomery was the team's second pick in the third round in this year's draft. And he didn't look like a good pick from the time he arrived. The LSU product was drafted as an outside linebacker but moved to defensive end during the season. He got hurt in rookie camp and showed up at training camp out of shape.

With Montgomery gone, only DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger and Ryan Griffin remain on the active roster from this year's draft class.

Jefferson was an undrafted free agent from Stephen F. Austin and appeared to have some upside as an outside pass rusher. He got in trouble because of marijuana-related incidents before he got a second chance at SFA.

With these cuts and the impending IR designation for Brian Cushing, the Texans will have four roster spots  to fill.