Source: Texans claim Kingsley Keke from Packers


The Texans have claimed defensive lineman Kingsley Keke off waivers from the Green Bay Packers with him joining the roster officially deferred until after the Super Bowl, according to a league source.

Keke was cut by the Packers this week following a disagreement with the Packers' coaching staff, including coach Matt LaFleur, about his practice role after recently dealing with concussion and COVID-19, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Now, the Richmond native gets a fresh start in his hometown. Keke, 25, is a talented 6-foot-3, 288-pound former George Ranch standout.

Keke has 20 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble this season. For his career, he has 47 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a healthy scratch for one game against the Cleveland Browns for personal reason, according to LaFleur.

Keke sacked Drew Brees twice in 2020 in a win over the New Orleans Saints. He had two sacks against Carson Wentz in 2020 in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

A former Texas A&M starter and Packers fifth-round draft pick, Keke was a finalist for the Greater Houston Lombardi award as a senior at George Ranch. He recorded 60 tackles, 10 for losses, five sacks and blocked two kicks. He was an all-state selection and four-star recruit who had 158 career tackles, 19 sacks and 39 tackles for losses.

For the Aggies, Keke had 150 career tackles, 21 tackles for losses and a dozen sacks.

At the NFL scouting combine, Keke ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds.

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