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Texans Cut Veteran OL

Backup Roderick Johnson had fallen down Houston's depth chart

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans on Wednesday released veteran offensive tackle Roderick Johnson after activating him from the reserve-COVID-19 list.

Johnson was signed to a one-year contract this offseason, but became expendable after falling behind former Washington Football Team offensive tackle Geron Christian on the depth chart.

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The 25-year-old, a former Cleveland Browns third-round draft pick from Florida State, played last season under a one-year, $1.75 million contract. He played in every game for the Texans in 2019, making three starts. Last season, the former All-ACC selection played in 12 games including another three starts as he played 25 percent of the offensive snaps overall, 245 snaps in total.

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Another reason for Johnson's release is the activation of veteran offensive tackle Tytus Howard off the COVID list on Wednesday.

Howard was placed on the list last Friday and deemed a high-risk close contact after Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson was placed on the list, also as a close contact.

With Howard regaining the form that made him an all-rookie selection and Christian's impress camp, Johnson was getting fewer snaps during Houston's training camp.

With its depth chart sorting itself out - but still pondering what to do with quarterback Deshaun Watson - the Texans play their second preseason game Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, followed by the exhibition finale Aug. 28 against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium. 

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