Texans Release Former Starting LB Mike Mohamed
In a 2015 season that has already had its share of injuries to core, foundational players like running back Arian Foster and left tackle Duane Brown, the Texans have also had a few "under the radar" injuries that have hampered their ability to execute some very specific facets of their game plan week to week. Inside linebacker Mike Mohamed was one of those injuries.
Late in training camp, Mohamed popped up wearing a walking boot to address what turned out to be a strained calf. He missed the first couple of games of the regular season (Kansas City and Carolina), and his absence manifested itself in tight ends for both opponents going crazy in the passing game against the Texans (Travis Kelce with more than 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, Greg Olsen six catches for 70 yards). Mohamed was easily the Texans' best linebacker in coverage, and he was missed.
Eventually, though, the combination of Mohamed's prognosis and the Texans' needs within the 53-man roster led them to the decision to place Mohamed on injured reserve, much to the fourth-year linebacker's chagrin. With the Texans having already used the one-time revocable injured reserve designation on tight end Ryan Griffin, Mohamed's 2015 season was essentially over if he remained a Texan. However, Mohamed felt he could still get back on the field this season, and on Tuesday the Texans accommodated him by agreeing to a medical settlement on his contract.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the settlement was for three weeks of pay:
Texans' injury settlement with linebacker Mike Mohamed was for three weeks, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 6, 2015
Amount of Mike Mohamed three-week Texans injury settlement is $116,470 and 59 cents— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 6, 2015
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Mohamed is free to sign with another team in three weeks, and could potentially re-sign with the Texans six weeks after that three-week period is over. Had Mohamed remained on injured reserve, his Texans career was likely over as it would've been hard to see him signing a new deal with the Texans in the offseason if he had issues with how they handled his injured status in 2015.
Mohamed recorded a career-high 68 tackles and one interception (a tipped Brian Hoyer pass, ironically) in 14 games with two starts last year. He was in the final season of a three-year contract. Mohamed, 27, was a sixth round pick in 2011 by the Denver Broncos, and has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
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