The Texans filled their practice squad with five rookies and three young veterans who cleared waivers Sunday. All of the players were in training camp with the Texans.
Defensive end Keith Browner and cornerback Roc Carmichael returned to the Texans. Carmichael spent last season on the Texans' 53-man roster, but was usually not active for games.
Rookie fullback Zach Boren, receiver Andy Cruse, running back Ray Graham, guard/center Alex Kupper and receiver EZ Nwachukwu returned to the Texans' practice squad after being released. The Texans also added inside linebacker Mike Mohamed, a second-year player out of California.
It's a nod to a team's talent when it loses more than it gains off the waiver system. By contrast, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs (the first two teams in the waiver order) were awarded seven players each. The Cleveland Browns landed six.