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NFL roundup: Texans cut S Reed

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Two days after criticizing the Texans' coaching staff following the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Houston released safety Ed Reed on Tuesday.

The Texans also announced they placed running back Arian Foster on injured reserve due to an ailing back that will require surgery.

Reed, 35, was demoted and replaced by Shiloh Keo the past two games, losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Cardinals. He was in on 12 plays Sunday.

Following Houston's 27-24 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, Reed said the Texans were "outplayed" and "outcoached."

The Texans signed Reed in March to a three-year, $15 million dollar deal, including a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed. He had a $1 million base salary this year. The team is not responsible for any more money to Reed, but his contract will still affect the salary cap in 2014 and 2015, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Before Reed suited up for the Texans, he underwent arthroscopic hip surgery. He missed camp and preseason and the first two games -- victories over the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans.

--Matt Flynn is back with the Green Bay Packers.

The veteran quarterback worked out for the team Monday and signed to start the NFL work week as the backup to Scott Tolzien. The Packers also worked out former Cardinals and 49ers quarterback John Skelton.

The Packers lost starter Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and backup Seneca Wallace (groin) to injuries in back-to-back games. Wallace was replaced Sunday by Tolzien, who was already named the starter for Sunday's game against the New York Giants by coach Mike McCarthy.

Wallace was placed on injured reserve to make room for Flynn, who spent 2008-11 in Green Bay, starting two games.

--Buccaneers running back Mike James broke his left ankle in Monday night's victory over the Miami Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano confirmed.

The news comes less than a week after the Buccaneers placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Schiano said that Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard would handle the running duties for the rest of the season. They combined for 102 yards Monday night, and Rainey scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

--Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will talk to offensive tackle Jonathan Martin Wednesday, two days before the NFL investigators are scheduled to meet with Martin.

Ross said he has exchanged text messages with Martin and wants to offer support while hearing the version of events and details that led to his departure from the team.

Martin left the team Oct. 28, citing bullying from teammates including guard Richie Incognito. Martin is in Los Angeles with his family and is receiving counseling for emotional issues.

--Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was activated to the Atlanta Falcons' roster, the team announced.

The Falcons also announced they placed tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve and released linebacker Thomas Howard.

Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a foot injury in the second game of the season against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 15. He returned to practice last Thursday.

--The San Diego Chargers placed linebacker Larry English on injured reserve with a biceps injury suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, the team announced.

English's roster spot was taken by free agent linebacker Adrian Robinson.

--The San Francisco 49ers waived wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams, the team announced.

The 49ers also activated linebacker Nick Moody from the Injured reserve/designated for return List, and waived cornerback Perrish Cox.

--Jacksonville Jaguars rookie LaRoy Reynolds was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be eligible to return to the active roster the day after the team's Dec. 5 game against the Houston Texans.

Reynolds was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia, and was a surprise in training camp as he pushed Geno Hayes and Russell Allen for playing time. He has six tackles while seeing action in nine games as a reserve linebacker.

--The Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Nick Williams to the active roster from their practice squad, the team announced.

The Redskins also signed running back Davin Meggett to their practice squad and placed running back Chris Thompson on injured reserve.

--Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on his radio show he doesn't plan any changes to the coaching staff during the bye week.

Jones said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin wouldn't be a midseason departure and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan would continue his play-calling duties.

There was speculation about possible changes following the Cowboys' 49-17 loss Sunday night to the New Orleans Saints.

--Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he is not going anywhere.

"I'd retire before I'd accept a trade," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, released a statement in response to the NFL.com report Sunday that claimed Roethlisberger was frustrated with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the team's play-calling and his supporting cast.

--Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cited for driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone and possession of marijuana during a traffic stop late Sunday.

The Kansas City Star first reported details of the arrest.
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