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Texans release safety Stevie Brown

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans don't have to trim their roster for the first time until Tuesday, but they began Friday by releasing safety Stevie Brown.

The timing is a bit odd, but with Brown not expected to make the Texans' roster, I'm told both sides decided to move on now. It gives Brown a head start in finding a new home, rather than being lost in the shuffle of Tuesday's flurry of cuts.

Brown was not fitting into the Texans' defense. He had an injury during organized team activities and the minicamps, but when he returned he was working behind several of the Texans' other safeties. Andre Hal, Eddie Pleasant and Quintin Demps were all ahead of Brown in the competition to start along with Rahim Moore.

Demps signed last week and was the subject of a great deal of praise from the Texans' front office on Tuesday's episode of "Hard Knocks." General manager Rick Smith was shown telling Demps he had a real shot to make the roster.

This move hints the Texans were pleased with the return of Demps, who had an interception during Friday's practice in a goal-line drill.