The Houston Texas cut 28 players, including fourth-year linebacker Xavier Adibi, safety Shiloh Keo and punter Brad Maynard, according to published reports.
The Texas are down to 52, one under the maximum, which will likely be used to bring aboard another punter.
Also released were running back Chris Ogbonnaya, of Strake Jesuit, who had an impressive preseason and should not have trouble being picked up by another team soon. Additionally, the Texans parted ways with linebackers Steven Friday, Mister Alexander, Stanford Keglar and Matt Marcorelle, long snapper Scott, Albritton, defensive linemen Scooter Berry, Damione Lewis, Guy Miller and John Graves, offensive linemen Howard Barbieri, Andrew Gardner, Cole Pemberton, Cody Wallace and Pete Hendrickson, receivers Trindon Holliday, Dorin Dickerson, Derrick Townsel and Jeff Maehl, safeties Torri Wiliams and Quentin Demps, tight end Anthony Hill, running back Javarris Williams and fullback Zac Pauga.
Placed on the reserved injured list were ex-Rice linebacker Cheta Ozougwu and wide receiver Terrence Toliver.
Among the surprise moves was the waiving of Maynard, who is the only punter left on the roster. The Texans obviously have a replacement in mind. The Texans also kept undrafted free agent Bryan Braman after the outside linebacker had a stellar preseason.
There could still be more moves to be made as more players are released around the NFL. The Texans will also be able to bring back some of the players on the practice squad provided they are not added to another team’s 53-man roster.
Here is a full list of the Texans roster cuts:
NAME POS HT WT AGE EXP COLLEGE
Xavier Adibi ILB 6-2 242 26 4 Virginia Tech
Scott Albritton LS 6-3 235 23 R Colorado State
Mister Alexander ILB 6-3 227 23 R Florida State
Howard Barbieri C 6-5 300 23 R Rutgers
Scooter Berry DE 6-1 285 25 R West Virginia
Quintin Demps SS 5-11 206 26 4 UTEP
Dorin Dickerson WR 6-2 227 23 2 Pittsburgh
Steven Friday OLB 6-3 238 25 R Virginia Tech
Andrew Gardner G 6-6 305 25 R Georgia Tech
John Graves DE 6-3 286 24 R Virginia Tech
Pete Hendrickson T 6-7 304 23 R Tulane
Anthony Hill TE 6-6 278 26 3 North Carolina State
Trindon Holliday WR 5-5 169 25 2 LSU
Stanford Keglar ILB 6-2 250 26 4 Purdue
Shiloh Keo FS 5-11 219 23 R Idaho
Damione Lewis DE 6-2 301 33 11 Miami
Jeff Maehl WR 6-0 190 22 R Oregon
Brad Maynard P 6-1 188 37 15 Ball State
Guy Miller NT 6-3 302 23 R Colorado State
Chris Ogbonnaya RB 6-0 225 25 2 Texas
Zac Pauga FB 6-1 246 23 R Colorado State
Cole Pemberton T 6-7 306 24 1 Colorado State
Derrick Townsel WR 5-9 175 23 1 Murray State
Cody Wallace C 6-4 300 26 4 Texans A&M
Javarris Williams RB 5-10 223 25 3 Tennessee State
Torri Williams FS 6-2 210 25 2 Purdue
The Houston Texans have placed the following players on the Reserve/Injured List:
NAME POS HT WT AGE EXP COLLEGE INJURY
Cheta Ozougwu ILB 6-2 255 22 R Rice L. Foot (9/1)
Terrence Toliver WR 6-5 204 23 R LSU Concussion (8/27)