Houston Texans begin trimming roster

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans' roster will have to be down to 75 by 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT Tuesday. That will mean 13 actual cuts, because the Texans started with 89 on the roster and will place David Quessenberry on the non-football injury list.

And those cuts began Monday. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have cut receiver Joe Adams, receiver Alec Lemon, guard Sam Longo, running back William Powell, nose tackle David Hunter, nose tackle Austin Brown, cornerback Junior Mertile, outside linebacker Terrance Lloyd and outside linebacker Lawrence Sidbury.

Those cuts happened before the Texans practiced late Monday morning, so the coaches got another look at the bottom of the roster before finishing that first round of cuts. They need to make four more to get down to 75.

Thursday's game will be critical for players on the bubble as the Texans will have to reduce their roster to 53 by Saturday afternoon.