Texans Cut RB Phillip Lindsay

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The Houston Texans have cut running back Phillip Lindsay Tuesday after his disappointing 11-week stint with the team, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Lindsay signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract (with $1 million guaranteed) in March to join a crowded backfield in Houston. The 27-year-old averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in 10 games with the Texans, far below his career average of 4.6 yards per rush.

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Lindsay burst on to the scene as an undrafted free agent in 2018 with the Denver Broncos, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career. He slowed down in 2020 (11 games, 502 yards) and never gained footing with the Texans in 2021.

Houston’s backfield has undergone a major transformation over the past few weeks, as the team also traded veteran running back Mark Ingram to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 27.

The Texans are now relying on a tandem of Rex Burkhead and David Johnson at tailback. In last week’s 22-13 upset win over the Tennessee Titans, Burkhead carried the ball a season-high 18 times for 40 yards, while Johnson rushed a season-high 13 times for just 18 yards. The Texans expected more from Johnson, who is averaging just three yards per carry.

Backup Royce Freeman, who totaled 21 carries for 77 yards in eight games with the Carolina Panthers this season, is yet to play for the Texans since being claimed on waivers Nov. 9. He figures to be elevated on the depth chart and could be in line to make his Houston debut Sunday against the New York Jets.