The Texans released outside linebacker Duke Ejioforwith a failed physical designation on Wednesday, according to a league source.
Ejiofor missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
That markedEjiofor's second year in a row that he suffered a season-ending injury.
Two years ago, the Alief Taylor graduate and former Wake Forest standout tore his Achilles tendon and spent the entire season on injured reserve.
As a rookie, Ejiofor recorded his first NFL sack against the Tennessee Titans as he dropped quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a loss. He finished the season with nine tackles before getting hurt during the offseason last year.
Ejiofor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds with a 39-inch vertical leap in high school. Ejiofor recorded 50 tackles, 17 for loss, 10 1/2 sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles as a college junior. As a senior, Ejiofor had 47 tackles, 15 for loss, eight sacks and six pass breakups.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years and has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128