Texans re-sign Joe Thomas, place A.J. Moore on injured reserve

The Texans re-signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Joe Thomas and placed safety A.J. Moore on injured reserve.

Moore is dealing with a hamstring issue, according to a league source.

A former undrafted free agent from Mississippi, Moore is a special-teams standout and a rangy backup safety who started five of 11 games last season despite missing time on injured reserve with a strained hamstring.

Moore has been sidelined during training camp. He can be activated after three games.

The Texans like Moore's range and competitiveness. He recorded a career-high 35 tackles in 2020 with one sack and two quarterback hits.

The Texans contemplated a longer-term deal with Moore during the regular season, but nothing developed as a few preliminary proposals were discussed.

The Texans submitted a $2.133 million original round tender for Moore this offseason.

Thomas was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract this offseason before being released.

Thomas, 29, is a former undrafted free agent from South Carolina State who initially signed with the Green Bay Packers.

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

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