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Texans Release Okoye, Anderson, Orlovsky

By ANNA-MEGAN RALEY, CBS Houston
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In the midst of the free agency frenzy, the Texans brought in some key players but are forced to release to familiar faces.

Most notably, the Texans have released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, a first-round pick in 2006 out of Louisville. Okoye played four seasons with the Texans and accrued 91 tackles and 11 sacks during that time.

“My agents went ahead and asked for my release because teams weren’t willing to trade knowing the Texans would eventually release me because of their acquisitions and salary cap,” Okoye said in a statement to SportsRadio 610. “My tenure as a Texan was a blessing and fantastic. I thank the McNairs, the administration, coaches and definitely the players and fans for these past years. I will miss every single one.

“See you guys in the playoffs because that’s where the Texans are heading this year.”

The Texans have also released receiver David Anderson and backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky.

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