The Houston Texans placed offensive lineman Tytus Howard on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury.
Multiple reports said Howard requires season-ending surgery after being hurt in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville.
He started the last seven games for the Texans (6-5) after missing the first four games with a broken hand.
Howard, 27, was Houston’s first-round draft pick (23rd overall) in 2019 and signed a three-year, $56 million extension in July. He moved from his customary right tackle position to left guard.
He has started all 61 of his games in the NFL. Rookie Juice Scruggs replaced Howard after he was helped off the field in the loss to the Jaguars.
The Texans also waived Shaquill Griffin and added fellow cornerback Desmond King II to the active roster. Linebacker Denzel Perryman also rejoined the 53-man roster, while kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow were signed to the practice squad.
Griffin, 28, played in 10 games (six starts) this season and had 33 tackles and one interception. The 2019 Pro Bowl selection has 360 tackles and seven picks in 86 games (78 starts) with the Seattle Seahawks (2017-20), Jaguars (2021-22) and Texans.
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Shaquem Griffin is retiring from the playing field and moving into a role with the NFL.
Griffin, the only known one-handed player in NFL history, wrote for The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday that he was ready to retire and embrace his “Plan A.”
A fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft following a stellar career at UCF alongside twin Shaquill Griffin — and a sparkling individual performance at the Scouting Combine — the linebacker spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and played in 46 games. He spent the 2021 offseason with the Miami Dolphins.
Shaquem Griffin was primarily a special teams player but had one sack and six quarterback hits to go along with 25 tackles.
Griffin said his “Plan A” was always to help people, and after a conversation with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl in February, he decided the time was now.
The 27-year-old, who had his left hand amputated at age 4, wrote he plans to “go build something new so I can do what Dad always told us to do: leave the world a better place than when we found it.”
In his role with the NFL Legends Committee, Griffin said he will work with future and former players as well as current NFL players and employees. The scope of his position will be vast, including offering help on transitioning into and out of the league, guidance with mental health circumstances and beyond.
“I know the positive effect I’m having on others. I’m speaking at colleges and universities, talking to football teams and even presenting to corporate America about never doubting yourself and tirelessly pursuing your dreams,” Griffin said Wednesday on “Good Morning Football.”
–Field Level Media
The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal with free agent cornerback Shaquill Griffin, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
Griffin was in talks to return to the Seattle Seahawks but instead is relocating to Florida. Griffin, 25, is from St. Petersburg, Fla., and played collegiately at Central Florida in Orlando.
Jacksonville was flush with cash to spend on free agents following a roster purge the previous two offseasons that included trading away Pro Bowl cover men Jalen Ramsey (Rams) and A.J. Bouye (Broncos).
Light on experience, Jaguars cornerbacks were charged with 19 touchdown passes surrendered in 2020 even as rookie first-round pick CJ Henderson flashed shut-down potential. But Henderson had labrum surgery and only played in eight games. Head coach Urban Meyer said Henderson is recovering but remains “integral” to the defense going forward.
Landing Griffin adds to a focal point for the Jaguars early in free agency. Per reports, cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon also re-signed with Jacksonville.
Griffin was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017. He had three of his six career interceptions last season.
–Field Level Media