*HOUSTON - The Houston Texans waived 16 players, it was announced today:
Linebacker D.D. Acholonu, center Luke Butkus, defensive end Jason Davis, tight end Jabari Holloway, safety Jammal Lord, defensive tackle Terrance Martin, running back Adam Matthews, tight end Matt Murphy, linebacker Shantee Orr, linebacker Antonio Rodriguez, defensive tackle Jeremy Slechta, fullback Ed Stansbury, wide receiver Chris Taylor, wide receiver Sloan Thomas, linebacker Anthony Dunn and cornerback Darrick Vaughn.
The Texans have cut the roster down to the league-mandated 53 palyers. The team will add eight players to its practice squad as soon as Sept. 6.