The Houston Texans made their first cuts official Tuesday. They released 11 straight up, waived/injured two and placed one player on injured reserve, to get their roster to 75. They'll likely make their final cuts on Friday, a day before the league mandates teams get their rosters to 53.
The list (with notes on some players)
FB Zach Boren -- Boren had a good outing in the Texans' first preseason game, but this is not a team that needed another fullback.
ILB Elliot Coffey - Was working at Enterprise, cleaning a car for another rental place, when he got a call for a workout with the Texans. Spent a couple weeks here.
ILB Ja'Gared David
DE Earl Okine
TE Adam Schiltz
Waived/Injured (players who will revert to injured reserve if they aren't claimed on waivers)
DE David Hunter - University of Houston player who struggled through injuries last season. Sprained his left ankle.
WR Mike Smith - Rookie out of Connecticut, waived with a left knee injury.
WR Alec Lemon - Lemon made some noise in the preseason, but the receiver room is full and he never really had a shot to make the active roster. The fact that the Texans placed him straight on IR, instead of waiving him injured, means they had some concern he could be claimed while going through waivers. Good sign for Lemon.