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Ex-Texans DE Montgomery denies pot was reason

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Former Houston Texans defensive end Sam Montgomery, through his agent on Tuesday, denied an ESPN.com report that he was released by the team for marijuana use.

"It is our position that the story written about Sam Montgomery by ESPN which sets forth that he was dismissed from the Houston Texans for using marijuana is completely inaccurate," agent Jeff Guerriero said in a statement sent by text message to ESPN.com. "Mr. Montgomery was dismissed from the team for allegedly violating a team rule. This can be confirmed by the Houston Texan personnel."

The Texans released three players Monday for violating team rules -- Montgomery, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and running back Cierre Wood. The rules violation occurred at the Texans' hotel in Kansas City on Saturday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans declined to expand beyond coach Gary Kubiak's comments at a Monday news conference.

"I won't discuss team rules and those type of things," Kubiak said on Monday. "I'll make decisions based on a body of work in everything I do. I've got five months of work invested in those three young men and made a decision today to move forward."

All three players were sent home Sunday morning and were among the Texans' inactives Sunday for Houston's 17-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Montgomery was a third-round draft pick this year, and he struggled to get playing time. Wood and Jefferson were also first-year players. Jefferson reportedly was dismissed from the Baylor team for failing multiple drug tests.

Wood likely would have played Sunday because running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate both got hurt.

In an unrelated move, the Texans parted ways with linebacker Tim Dobbins on Tuesday. Dobbins has played just three games this season because of a hamstring injury.
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