In a bold move Sunday morning, the Houston Texans are parting ways with running back D'Onta Foreman.
The Texans waived the 23-year-old running back, the team announced Sunday. The move will create a heated battle for the team's backup role.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.
A third-round pick in 2017, Foreman showed promise as a homegrown rookie out of Texas. Foreman, who grew up near Houston, earned substantial playing time as a rookie before tearing his Achilles in Week 11 in 2017. It took more than a year of rehabilitation until Foreman could see the field again late last year, but wasn't vital in the Texans' short playoff run.
With Lamar Miller slated as the starter, Foreman's sudden absence leaves a heated competition for the team's backup spot. Josh Ferguson, Buddy Howell and Taiwan Jones are three veterans vying for the role while undrafted rookies Damarea Crockett and Karan Higdon Jr. look to prove their fit to make the roster.
The Texans head to Green Bay this Thursday night in their preseason opener. In correlation to the waiving of Foreman, the Texans also announced the signing of OLB Gimel President.
Here are other news we are monitoring on Sunday:
- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) was held out of practice Sunday. Cooper was initially bothered by the heel Friday and was pulled early in Saturday's workout. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones downplayed the severity of the injury while addressing the media.
"Certainly, if it would have been against the Giants, Dr. Jones thinks he would have been out there playing," Jones said.
Guard Zack Martin, who had an MRI on his back, said he will give the injury "some time." Martin hopes to be back on the field soon.
- San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan revealed LB Dee Ford will be out at least another week after undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment to his knee.
"I know we're looking at it day to day, but that usually takes at least a week," Shanahan told reporters. "But, it's something that I think will end up helping him.
"He could've toughed it out and stuff and gone through it like a lot of guys try to do, because guys are trying to make the team and they're trying to get better, but we feel good about where Dee Ford's at, and we wanted to make sure we took care of that so he could be fresh going into the year."
San Francisco traded a second-round pick for Ford this offseason and signed the pass-rusher to a five-year deal.
- The Jaguars signed RB Roc Thomas to their 90-man roster. Thomas, 23, was cut by the Minnesota Vikings last week, not long after it was revealed the second-year back was given a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. While the suspension still stands for 2019, Thomas will now compete for a roster spot in Jacksonville.
- The New York Jets have claimed Godwin Igwebuike just a day after the safety was released by the Eagles. Cornerback Jeremy Clark was waived by the Jets in conjunction with the move.
- Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (hamstring) was removed from the active/PUP list and was limited in his first training camp practice Sunday evening.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin told reporters center Maurkice Pouncey exited early with a "minor" undisclosed injury. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson (groin), center J.C. Hassenauer (knee) and cornerback Artie Burns (groin) also didn't finish practice.
- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Joe Ostman was carted off the field Sunday with an apparent leg injury, NFL Network's James Palmer reported.