Houston Texans Release Running Back

The Houston Texans are clarifying the pecking order in their backfield. The team is releasing running back Marlon Mack, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports:

Mack joined the Texans this offseason after five productive years with the Colts that saw him rush 2484 yards and 20 touchdowns. He peaked in the 2019 season, tallying 1091 yards. He has struggled to see the field since then, appearing in only seven games over the past two seasons.

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Initially drafted by the Colts 143rd overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mack is yet another testament to how fleeting stardom at the running back position can be. His release likely clears the way for fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce to see the lion's share of the touches in Houston's backfield; the rookie impressed this preseason with his 86 yards on only 11 rushes.

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