The Texans are veteran defensive end Jordan Jenkins from the active-physically unable to perform list due to a strained calf, according to a league source.
Jenkins was released at this point to give him an opportunity to catch on with another team. The Texans like their depth at defensive end.
A former New York Jets starter and University of Georgia standout signed last year to a two-year contract, Jenkins had 2 1/2 sacks last season in 11 games with 20 tackles, four for losses and five quarterback hits. He has 25 career sacks, 209 career tackles, 24 tackles for losses and 29 quarterback hits.
He signed a two-year, $6 million contract last year.
The Texans cut running back B.J. Emmons and long snapper Harrison Elliott according to a league source.
Long snapper Jon Weeks, a former Pro Bowl selection who's played in the most games in franchise history, returned from COVID-19 after testing positive earlier in training camp.
Emmons played for Texans tight ends coach Tim Berbenich with the Las Vegas Raiders when he was coaching running backs.
Emmons has played for the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL and with the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Raiders.
Emmons (6-foot, 220 pounds), an Alabama transfer who finished his career at Florida Atlantic, rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide before transferring to Hutchinson Community College. As a junior, he rushed for 237 yards and six touchdowns despite missing time with a broken ankle. In a COVID-shortened season in 2020, he rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown.
With the Raiders, he rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in three preseason games in 2021. He was signed to the practice squad, released then signed by the Seahawks, then released and signed by the Jaguars.
Elliott played for the Air Force Academy and has a previous stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a Sports Talk 790 contributor.