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Texans safety Rahim Moore mortified at being inactive

HOUSTON -- On Wednesday of last week the Houston Texans told safety Rahim Moore that he was going to be inactive for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

To watch without having an impact Sunday didn't sit well with him. Moore was candid and insightful in light of what was clearly, and understandably, a very difficult circumstance for him.

"It was mortifying," Moore said. "Crying and all kinds of stuff. But that’s because I love football a lot. You want to be out there. The good feeling about it is that we won yesterday. That’s a great thing."

Entering Sunday's game, Moore ranked third on the team in defensive snaps. He started almost every game he played, as was the plan when the Texans signed him this offseason to a three-year deal worth $4 million per year. Moore didn't start against the Atlanta Falcons, when the Texans opened the game with cornerback Kareem Jackson at free safety. Moore still played in 72 percent of the team's defensive snaps in that game.

In Moore's seven games he has 16 tackles and one interception. Two more interceptions were negated by penalties.

This past weekend, against the Titans, Andre Hal and Quintin Demps started at safety for the Texans. Moore was a healthy scratch.

“I feel like my game has never fell off really," Moore said. "I’ve had bad plays and I’ve had bad games throughout my whole career, but that’s life. We’ve all had it. In the bible, The Lord says trouble will come. I’ve had some trouble before in my life and in football. Like I said, I’m happy that my boys went out there and they won. That was a big win for us. It was very much needed. I don’t know the statistics, but I feel like we really dominated last night. Our d-line played extraordinary. It was a great team win."

It was a little difficult to tell whether Moore was given a full explanation for why he was benched or whether it was simply something he preferred his head coach to address.

"Ask Bill O’Brien," Moore said, when asked what the Texans told him. "Let them tell you because I don’t want to – I really don’t know. Let them tell you. He’s going to give you the most honest answer. He’s our head guy and he has all the answers you want to ask."