The Texans are cutting veteran running back Phillip Lindsay, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Lindsay, a former Pro Bowl selection with the Denver Broncos has rushed for 130 yards on 50 carries with one touchdown. He's averaging 2.6 yards per carry.
Lindsay lost three yards on his lone carry against the Tennessee Titans in a 22-13 road win on Sunday.
The Texans' leading rusher remains former Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram, who was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick, with 294 yards followed by former Pro Bowl running back David Johnson's 130 yards, Lindsay, quarterback Tyrod Taylor's 106 yards and running back Rex Burkhead's 69 yards. Taylor is averaging 7.6 yards per run for the highest average on the team.
The Texans rank last in total offense and scoring offense (15 points per game) and rank last in the NFL in rushing offense (765 yards) and average per carry (3.3 yards per run).
The Texans recently acquired running back Royce Freeman off waivers from the Carolina Panthers when they placed running back Scottie Phillips on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.
Signed to a one-year contract during the offseasonwith a maximum value of $3.75 million, with a base value $3.25 million, Lindsay'sdeal includeda $500,000 signing bonus, a $2.25 million base salary with $500,000 of it guaranteed. The deal includes a $250,000 incentive clause for 750 yards rushing-receiving and $250,000 more for 1,000 yards combined rushing-receiving. Lindsay is subject to waivers.
The Broncos rescinded Lindsay's original round tender after they signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone after having conversations with his representatives and allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.
A former Pro Bowl selection who went undrafted out of Colorado, Lindsay rushed for 502 yards and one touchdown last season, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards as a rookie and 1,011 yards in 2019.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.