Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is stopped by Houston Texans inside linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans add LB Zach Cunningham

Linebacker Zach Cunningham landed on his feet and in a playoff race two days after being waived by the Houston Texans.

Cunningham joined the Titans, a familiar division foe, who officially claimed the 27-year-old linebacker off waivers.

Cunningham, who signed a four-year, $58 million extension in August 2020, was not living up to “the standard” set by first-year Texans head coach David Culley, the latter said Wednesday.

If Cunningham sticks around with the Titans, he’ll get a chance to face Culley and the Texans in the regular-season finale on Jan. 9.

The 2020 NFL tackles leader with 164 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. Multiple reports indicate Cunningham missed a COVID-19 test.

Culley also benched Cunningham for the first quarter in Week 2, reportedly due to tardiness.

“I’ve got a locker room full of players that understand what our standard is. We preach it all the time,” Culley said. “(The players) look at me cross-eyed when I’m not practicing what I’m preaching.”

Cunningham 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).

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