Texans Release WR Demaryius Thomas

The Houston Texans released wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday after just half a season with the team, the team announced.

James Palmer of the NFL Network first reported the team was expected to release Thomas.

The nine-season NFL veteran was sent to the Texans before the trade deadline in October from the Denver Broncos, who received a fourth-round 2019 draft pick from Houston in return. The two teams also swapped seventh-round picks as part of the deal.

Thomas tallied 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games for the Texans before tearing his left Achilles tendon in Week 16 against the Eagles.

While there is no timetable for the 31-year-old receiver's recovery, Thomas suffered the same injury on his right side after his rookie season and returned six months later.

Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowler, was due $14 million in the final year of his contract.

The Georgia Tech product was taken by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. During his eight seasons in Denver, Thomas won Super Bowl 50 over the Panthers.

Thomas has 688 career receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.

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