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Holliday Released, Ruud Signed

The Houston Texans, in a flurry of moves, made some changes to the 53 man roster in the wake of Brian Cushing being put on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL.

The moves are as follows:

-The Texans activated rookie Cody White from the practice squad to the 53 man roster. Word is that another NFL team was close to signing him off the practice squad, and the Texans wanted to keep him in the organization. White plays both the guard and center position on the offensive line.

 Trindon Holliday on opening day against the Miami Dolphins.

Trindon Holliday on opening day against the Miami Dolphins.

-The Texans waived kick returner Trindon Hollidayfrom the roster, in a necessary move for the team. After an exciting preseason that had three returns for touchdowns, Holliday has been far from being an adequate kick returner during the regular season. He averaged 19.4 yards per kickoff return with his long being 30 yards for the season, but more importantly were his decisions on the football field that were scary for the Texans. Blessed with electric straight line speed, Holliday when forced to change direction was an easy target for return teams. It will be interesting to see if another team might take a chance on Holliday, but his time in Houston has come to an end.

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- To add veteran depth to the inside linebacking corps, the Texans signed veteran Barrett Ruud. At 6-2 and 241 lbs., the 8 year veteran out of Nebraska was a tackling machine with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he broke into the league in 2005. Ruud spent 6 seasons with the Buccaneers and in a 4 year stretch (2007-2010) he averaged 128 tackles. Spending time with the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints, Ruud comes to Houston after appearing in three games for the Saints in 2012. Tim Dobbins will be the starter for the Texans heading into this Sunday's contest with the Green Bay Packers, so where Ruud fits in the coming weeks is yet to be determined.

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