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Texans release four players


Tight end Jeb Putzier fell behind Joel Dreessen on the Texans' depth chart in 2007.

The Texans parted ways with four players on Wednesday. The team released linebacker Shawn Barber, center Mike Flanagan and tight end Jeb Putzier and waived center Drew Hodgdon.

Barber (6-2, 228) played in six games and was inactive for two others before being placed on injured reserve with a neck injury on October 31. Barber finished his lone season with the club with two tackles on defense and four special teams stops.

Flanagan (6-5, 292) played in 14 games with 13 starts at center in 2007. In two seasons with the Texans, the 12-year veteran played in 23 games with 22 starts at center. He has played in 121 career games with 86 starts.

Putzier (6-4, 233), like Flanagan, joined the Texans in 2006. The former Boise State standout saw action in nine games with one start in 2007 and was inactive in seven others. He finished the season with six catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. His two-year totals as a Texan included 19 receptions for 164 yards and one score.

Hodgdon (6-3, 291) went through training camp with the Texans before being released prior to the start of the season (9/1/07). The Texans' 2005 fifth-round draft pick rejoined the team late in the year (12/4) and spent the final four weeks of the season on the active roster, seeing action in the last two games. Hodgdon has played in 13 games with eight starts in his three-year career.

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