HOUSTON - The Texans were awarded running back Royce Freeman off waivers from the Carolina Panthers, according to a league source.
They placed running back Scottie Phillips on injured reserve with a leg injury.
Freeman is a former Denver Broncos starter.
Freeman (5-foot-11, 229 pounds) has run the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.
He was drafted by the Broncos in the third round out of Oregon.
In 2018 as a rookie, he rushed for 521 yards and five touchdowns on 132 carries. He gained 496 yards and scored three touchdowns with 43 receptions for 256 yards and one score in 2019.
Last season, Freeman rushed for 170 yards and no scores as he was the third running back on the depth chart.
He was claimed off waivers by the Panthers after being cut by Denver this season.
Freeman has rushed for 1,187 career yards with 69 catches for 409 yards.
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Phillips got hurt Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He rushed for two yards on his only carry of the game.
Phillips has been active for three games this season, and he had more of a role in the wake of the Texans trading leading rusher Mark Ingram to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick.
A former undrafted free agent from Mississippi, Phillips has rushed for 13 yards on six carries this season with two receptions for nine yards.
The Texans worked out offensive tackle Paul Adams and four other players Tuesday, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Adams was removed from the Tennessee Titans' injured reserve list with an injury settlement in August.
The Texans also worked out tight end Cole Hikutini, centers Brad Lundblade and Javon Patterson and defensive tackle Xavier Williams.
Hikutini has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
Lundblade has played for the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets. He was cut from the Seahawks' practice squad last week.
Patterson is a former Indianapolis Colts seventh-round draft pick who has played for the Giants, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos.
Williams has played for the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.