Texans running back Darius "Jet" Anderson was officially placed on injured reserve.Anderson dislocated his knee and suffered other damage that required season-ending surgery, according to a league source.
Anderson had been having a strong training camp and offseason until this major injury.
The former TCU and George Ranch standout recently had his burglary with intent to commit assault case dismissed by prosecutors due to a lack of evidence.
“It's tough, there's no other way to describe it," Texans coach Lovie Smith said. "We feel for Darius. He's a good football player, has been through a little bit. A guy that showed up every day, was doing some good things. We had a plan for him. Unfortunately, injuries are part of our game. It's just pretty much a non-contact injury that happened. He's in good spirits right now. He'll get surgery and come back strong as ever."
Anderson, 24, was on the Texans' practice squad last season before being signed to a reserve-future deal.
Anderson went undrafted out of TCU after playing in the Senior Bowl all-star game.
Cut by the Dallas Cowboys previously after going undrafted, Anderson was then on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad and was elevated to the active roster twice. He signed a reserve-future deal with the Colts. At TCU, he rushed for 823 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, 598 yards as a junior and 768 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.
He played high school football at nearby George Ranch, winning a Class 5A state championship as a senior and rushed for 2,274 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to Sports Talk 790.