Texans release linebacker Tim Dobbins

Texans release linebacker Tim Dobbins
October 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Tim Dobbins signed a one-year deal to stay with the Texans this offseason.

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The Texans have released veteran linebacker Tim Dobbins.

Dobbins' agent, David Canter, tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon.

Dobbins, in his eighth year in the league, is not subject to the NFL's waiver wire and becomes a free agent.

In the tweet from Canter, he says Dobbins is 100 percent healthy. Dobbins has only played in three games this season and has been rehabbing a hamstring injury.

The release of Dobbins comes at a seemingly peculiar time. The Texans lost Brian Cushing for the season and the team has a desperate need at inside linebacker after they moved Justin Tuggle outside. Their only inside 'backers are Joe Mays, Darryl Sharpton and Mike Mohamed. Tuggle and Brooks Reed have the capability to play inside.

With Dobbins gone, the Texans will have five roster spots to fill (Cushing, Dobbins, Montgomery, Wood, Jefferson.)

Dobbins signed a one-year deal with the Texans this offseason but missed all of OTAs before showing up to the mandatory minicamp.

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