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Texans vets disappointed rookies left them in a bind

Cierre Wood, Caleb McSurdy AP

While no one’s talking about the specific reason the Texans cut three young players Monday, their former teammates still can’t believe it got to that point.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak waived running back Cierre Wood, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and defensive end Sam Montgomery after they reportedly broke team rules at the team hotel, and they were sent home and deactivated for the game against the Chiefs.

From a practical standpoint, Montgomery was a draft bust (this year’s third-rounder) and Jefferson a project, but they had an immediate need for Wood last week after running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate were injured.

“Yes, we could have [used Wood],” offensive tackle Duane Brown said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s very frustrating to have that happen knowing we had a back that was capable of carrying the load for us. It was a big missed opportunity on his part. . . .

“You have to put the team first. It’s very shocking to have that happen. You’re getting ready to play a huge game on the road, and to have [players] sent home is very disappointing and frustrating. Something had to happen. It’s a wake-up call for them and anybody else. You have to be unselfish in this league.”

Kubiak said he wouldn’t discuss the specific rules broken, leaving that to be discovered by any team that wants to put in a claim or give a chance to one of them.

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22 Responses to “Texans vets disappointed rookies left them in a bind”
  1. citnetter says: Oct 22, 2013 9:40 AM

    These guys were smoking dope in their hotel room and got busted by the coaches. That’s what happened.

  2. dualprime says: Oct 22, 2013 9:42 AM

    We pay $500 for a friggin ticket to watch them lose but we don’t need to know why players are cut.

  3. uwsptke says: Oct 22, 2013 9:45 AM

    From what I’ve read, they were sent home on Sunday morning because they were caught smoking pot.

  4. pksullivanmha says: Oct 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    Yeah Gary Kubiak. Hold them accountable. @footballady52

  5. robigd says: Oct 22, 2013 9:50 AM

    How can you declare someone a draft bust after 6 games?

  6. aldavismustdie1108 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    This nation is built on hypocrisy. These men punish their bodies all year long. God forbid they do something that eases the pain an relaxes them.

  7. dcapettini says: Oct 22, 2013 9:57 AM

    I would imagine that Kubiak and Schaub won’t be too far behind. With all the talent on this team, they are last years KC Chiefs; Pro Bowl everywhere but where it counts. Surely someone like Gruden or Cowher would love to take over a team that has Foster, Johnson, Hopkins, Watt and the other talented players that Kubiak has found a way to lose with.

  8. dontlikecravens says: Oct 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    I saw a quick note that said that they players in question got caught smoking some wacky weed. I believe it was ESPN that had that on the fantasy scroll bar.

  9. kingbeason52 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    I don’t know much about Montgomery but can you really label a 3rd round pick a bust after only seven games?

  10. gbpakrfan says: Oct 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    Smokin’ the “Electric Lettuce”….

  11. mrbigass says: Oct 22, 2013 10:05 AM

    Reports are they were caught smokin’ some blunts. They said cigars……….

  12. pioniere says: Oct 22, 2013 10:09 AM

    According to RotoWorld, they were caught smoking pot at the hotel.

  13. GenXJay says: Oct 22, 2013 10:32 AM

    It’s quite legal @Mile High. Broncos will sweep these guys up.

  14. daysend564 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    Montgomery is considered a bust because last December, he was viewed as a top 15 pick. Character issues slid him down to the 3rd round. Now he’s caught smoking weed and is currently out of the league. That’s a free fall.

  15. SparkyGump says: Oct 22, 2013 10:55 AM

    I heard they were caught littering and…..littering and…..littering and smokin the reefer by the Super Troopers.

  16. cdollaz says: Oct 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    “How can you declare someone a draft bust after 6 games?”

    When they get cut and are no longer on the team?

  17. realitypolice says: Oct 22, 2013 11:02 AM

    People can say it was because they were smoking weed all they want. But the fact is that if the Texans coaches valued these guys at all on the field, they would still be on the team.

    Do you think NFL coaches don’t know that at least half their roster smokes weed? Don’t be naive.

    They needed an excuse to cover up a mistake on their part (drafting someone in the 3rd round who couldn’t play). Jefferson and Wood were just collateral damage.

  18. sdemp says: Oct 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    I’d rather have my players smoking weed than drinking.

    The worst thing the guy smoking weed is going to do is fall asleep, wake up the next morning ready to go. The guy drinking, who knows what he going to do and possibly waking up with a hangover.

    Marijuana is better than alcohol in every aspect, but because the government tells us it’s illegal we frown upon it.

  19. 11thstreetmafia says: Oct 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    Cierre Wood is an alright player, but he is THE most conceited guy ever. That’s hard to do in football.

  20. dalcow4 says: Oct 22, 2013 12:17 PM

    Seriously– Fire Kubiak and hire Marty Schottenheimer for the rest of the year and next year. He will turn this mess into a team.

  21. earpaniac says: Oct 22, 2013 1:20 PM

    The link in the post yesterday said they were caught smoking dope at the team hotel.

  22. mackcarrington says: Oct 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    It’s interesting that these guys were rookies. They must have thought they were back in the dorm at college. That must have been their regular pre-game ritual. Probably didn’t think any smoke would get into the hall where anyone walking by would smell it. Shoulda been cut just for being that stupid.

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