The Houston Texans waived quarterback David Carr, the first draft pick in franchise history five years ago, and running back Domanick Williams yesterday.
The Texans never have had a winning record, and Carr often was the scapegoat. He completed 60 percent of his passes, but also threw 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times in five seasons. He had two years left on a contract that was to pay him $11.5 million for those seasons.
Houston hoped Carr would flourish under new coach Gary Kubiak last season, but the Texans went 6-10.
Williams, formerly Domanick Davis, is Houston's career rushing leader with 3,195 yards. He spent all of last season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
The Texans also re-signed 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who joined the Texans just before last season and blossomed late in the season, rushing for 429 yards and five touchdowns in December.
The Texans released Carr a day after signing Matt Schaub and saying he would be their starting quarterback.
Eagles coach Andy Reid
returned from a temporary leave of absence, five weeks after leaving the team because his two oldest sons face criminal charges. Reid returned to his duties full time, in time for the NFL owners' meetings in Arizona next week. He started the leave Feb. 12 because his sons were embroiled in legal troubles stemming from separate arrests on Jan. 30. "It's good to be back," Reid said. "I thought it was very important that I took a little time and had the chance to spend the time with my family." . . . The Seahawks expect Matt Hasselbeck
to be throwing again by June, following surgery Jan. 18 to repair torn labrum cartilage in the Pro-Bowl quarterback's left (non-throwing) shoulder. The former Boston College star said he "should be ready for training camp at worst, if not before July." . . . The Seahawks re-signed Bobby Engram
to a multiyear contract . . . The Falcons signed fifth-year, free agent quarterback Chris Redman
. Redman, who spent four seasons with the Ravens, played for new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino
at the University of Louisville . . . The Cowboys signed former Seattle safety Ken Hamlin
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