Houston Texans Update: Cushing, Nix, T. Williams to PUP List, Brennan Williams Released

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Changes on the eve of camp.
On Friday, everybody reports for team meetings, and come Saturday, it begins.

The Texans' first training camp of the Bill O'Brien era will be under way, and by Saturday morning, we will have confirmation on just how entrenched Andre Johnson is in his stance against the team. That will be the story line that has everyone buzzing on Saturday.

In the meantime, the final pre-camp transactions and decisions are being made, some of which were expected and some of which sound more dire than they actually are.

Here's the latest...

Cushing, Nix, Trevardo Williams Placed on Preseason PUP List

In a move that is more of an administrative to-do than a harbinger of bad news on the health front, the Texans placed three players on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Monday -- inside linebacker Brian Cushing, outside linebacker Trevardo Williams and rookie nose tackle Louis Nix III.

The preseason PUP list is, more or less, a placeholder for the possibility of a player being placed on the regular season PUP list, a designation under which a player is unavailable through Week 6. In order to be eligible for the regular season PUP list, a player has to be on the preseason version.

Cushing, Williams and Nix can be removed from the preseason list at any time, but this leaves the Texans' options open should any of the three prove too banged up to start the season.

Of the three players, Cushing is recovering from the most serious injury, having missed most of his second season in a row with a serious knee injury. For his part, Cushing has said he expects to be ready to play in Week 1.

Nix missed time during OTAs with a minor injury, and O'Brien didn't seem very concerned when asked about it. Williams spent all of last season on the IR.

Brennan Williams Released

Sometimes, things just aren't meant to be.

For offensive tackle Brennan Williams, that appears to be the case for his career as a Houston Texan, but he is optimistic that is not the case for his NFL career overall.

As reported earlier today, the Texans released Williams Monday afternoon with a failed physical designation. Since he was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft, Williams's time in Houston had been star-crossed from the second day of rookie minicamp in 2013, when a knee injury sustained in drills wound up requiring minor surgery.

He returned to play in one preseason game, but shortly thereafter it was determined that he would need microfracture knee surgery that ended his rookie year.

Williams was hopeful of competing for the starting right tackle spot, but was held out during OTAs.

Williams, who is popular on social media, expressed his appreciation for the city of Houston, the fans, and the opportunity in the following tweet:

"I want to thank the Texans and the city of Houston for the great opportunity! It didn't work out how anyone planned, but I am still the same player who was drafted last year. Right now the key is getting healthy and getting back on this horse--don't worry about me I'll be back soon! Thanks for your prayers and support I am truly blessed. You can't keep the the GBO down."
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