Monday was a hard day for Bill O'Brien.
The Texans have to trim their roster from 90 players to 75 by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The release process began Monday morning, though, and the head coach explained why it weighed on him.
"These cutdown days are very difficult things because these guys have worked extremely hard," O'Brien said during his Monday press conference. "They've worked obviously on the practice field, but also in places where you don't really see them. Like the weight room and the meeting room. Here on the weekends. I'm here quite a bit on the weekends."
The team hasn't officially announced which 15 are gone. O'Brien knows its "the nature of the business", but it doesn't make it any easier.
"It's just a tough day," O'Brien said. "It's obviously tougher on them than it is on us."
He also said he appreciates the effort the players have put forth for the organization.
Also on Monday, the team dealt an undisclosed draft pick to the Denver Broncos. In exchange, they received offensive tackle Chris Clark.
The Houston Texans roster in photos.