- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A review of the best member of the 2012 Houston Texans who’s still unsigned:
Shaun Cody, defensive tackle
Over the past four years, Cody started 57 of a possible 64 regular-season games.
In Wade Phillips’ 3-4, he worked as the nose tackle in the base defense, surrounded by far more notable players in the Houston front. He’s 30 years old and his eight seasons of wear and tear have taken a toll. In late January or early February he had “microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery for a lumbar disc herniation," per the Houston Chronicle.
There have been no indications that the Texans are interested in having him back.
Whoever is at nose tackle isn’t a part of the Texans nickel or dime packages, and they are in nickel and dime a good share of the time.
Cody missed three games last season and wound up playing 24.06 percent of the time on defense, and Earl Mitchell played 37.41 percent.
Mitchell will take over as the starter and Chris Jones, a sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green, will have the chance to win a backup job.