Texans release Ryan Griffin after TE reportedly punched out front window of hotel

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The Houston Texans have officially moved on from starting tight end Ryan Griffin, three weeks after the veteran reportedly punched out the front window of a Nashville hotel.

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Griffin was released by the Texans on Friday, according to ESPN. The roster move ends Griffin’s six-season tenure with the team.

Why the Texans released Ryan Griffin

In six seasons with Houston, Griffin posted 1,491 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The former sixth-round pick’s most productive season came in 2016, when he had 442 yards and two touchdowns.

That modest production might have made the decision to cut Griffin easier after the tight end was detained on vandalism and public intoxication charges during the NFL draft in Nashville. Griffin might have already been on the way out, as the Texans drafted San Diego State tight end Kahale Warring in the third round earlier in the night.

Ryan Griffin's Texans career is over. (Getty Images)
Ryan Griffin's Texans career is over. (Getty Images)

Per ESPN, security from the Hotel Indigo in downtown Nashville followed Griffin after he allegedly punched out the hotel’s front window. When police arrived at the scene, Griffin reportedly appeared intoxicated with his left hand bleeding.

Griffin was soon arrested and released on a $1,750 bond Saturday, with a court date scheduled for May 31. His friends reportedly claimed he had been overserved.

Where does Ryan Griffin go from here?

Even though this might be a low point in Griffin’s career, he still probably has some football left to play.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain speculated that the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings could be possible landing spots, the former always on the lookout for tight end depth and the latter having a familiar face in assistant head coach Gary Kubiak.

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