And then Leinart promptly messed up his collarbone, again.
And then T.J. Yates did enough the rest of the way to merit the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
So on a day that featured the unexpected release of tackle Eric Winston, the Texans have made a less surprising move, cutting the 10th pick in the 2006 draft, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Leinart was due to earn only $1.75 million in 2012. It’s entirely possible that the Texans are in the process of clearing cap space in order to squeeze under the spending limit a new contract for linebacker Mario Williams, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.