The Houston Texans released three players Monday for violating team rules, and ESPN.com reported that marijuana use was the players' transgression.
Defensive end Sam Montgomery, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and running back Cierre Wood were cut by the team for a rules violation that occurred at the Texans' hotel in Kansas City on Saturday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.
All three players reportedly 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.
"I feel like they wasted a big opportunity," outside linebacker Brooks Reed said, according to the Chronicle. "I'm sure they're realizing it right now. It's crazy and unfortunate because they had a great opportunity here to be successful.
"They just didn't get it. I don't understand why someone would do that to themselves."
The Texans, who have lost five consecutive games, have a bye this week. They host the Indianapolis Colts Nov. 3.