Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Texans releasing LB Zach Cunningham

The Houston Texans are parting ways with linebacker Zach Cunningham, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The 2020 NFL tackles leader, who signed a four-year, $58 million extension in August 2020, will be placed on waivers.

The fifth-year starter has been disciplined at least twice this season for violating team rules, including a suspension for last Sunday’s 31-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. According to the Houston Chronicle, the punishment was for missing a COVID-19 test.

First-year head coach David Culley also benched Cunningham for the first quarter in Week 2, reportedly due to tardiness.

Cunningham, 27, has 67 tackles and one forced fumble in 10 games (seven starts) this season.

A second-round pick by the Texans in 2017, Cunningham has 570 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 72 career games (66 starts). He led the league with 164 tackles in 2020.

The Texans (2-10) host the Seattle Seahawks (4-8) on Sunday.

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