Vrabel spent 14 seasons as an NFL player, most notably eight seasons with the New England Patriots. After retiring, the linebacker joined the Ohio State coaching staff for three seasons before joining the Texans in 2014.
The 41-year-old is considered one of the rising stars among defensive coaches. The Los Angeles Rams actually had an interest in interviewing Vrabel for their head coaching position. The Chargers and 49ers were looking at him for their defensive coordinator position.
Bullough’s release comes less than a month after the league announced he would be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy. Bullough accepted responsibility for the drug policy violation, apologizing to the Texans, his teammates and fans on Twitter shortly after his suspension was announced.
Mumphery and Bullough’s releases were first reported by Mark Berman of KRIV-TV in Houston on Friday. The duo played together at Michigan State before being reunited on the Texans.
All players under contract are subject to fines, at the team’s discretion, for skipping mandatory minicamp. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, unexcused failure to report to or unexcused departure from mandatory offseason minicamp can result in daily fines, totaling $80,405 for missing all three days — $13,400 for missing the first day, $26,800 for missing a second and $40,205 for the third.
Brown, 31, has two years left on his contract that is slated to pay him $9.65 million in 2017 and $9.75 million in 2018, but there is no guaranteed money left on the deal.
The Texans defensive end will play in Houston’s first preseason game against the Panthers, coach Bill O’Brien told reporters Saturday. It will be Watt’s first game action since Week 3 of 2016, and you can watch him take the field live on NFL Network at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Watt sat out most of 2016 with a back injury, but has been practicing without serious incident in Texans camp so far. His return and the emergence of a healthy Jadeveon Clowney have Texans coaches and fans salivating over the front seven’s potential.
The Texans have been away from home since last weekend when they traveled to New Orleans for their Week 3 preseason game against the Saints. Hurricane Harvey made it impossible for the team to safely travel home, and the team took advantage of an invitation by the Cowboys to practice at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Although Thursday’s preseason game between the Cowboys and cheap jerseys and Texans was relocated from Houston to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Texans took the opportunity to go home after the team found out there was a safe route for them to travel back to Houston.
Strong struggled with his conditioning and never emerged as a game-changer, but his release does nothing to help a thin, banged-up cast of weapons surrounding rookie passer Deshaun Watson.
Behind star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller caught his first two passes of the year against Cincy. Bruce Ellington, meanwhile, missed Week 2 with a concussion, while the team continues to wait on Will Fuller, who is out for at least a few more weeks with the broken collarbone he suffered in August.