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Texans sign Brisiel, Hodgdon


Starting right guard Fred Weary will miss the rest of the 2007 season with a broken leg.

* HOUSTON*- The Houston Texans have signed G Mike Brisiel and G/C Drew Hodgdon and placed G Fred Weary and G/C Chris White on injured reserve, it was announced today. The team also signed G Dan Stevenson to the practice squad.

Brisiel (6-5, 296) was signed to the active roster from the Texans practice squad, where he has spent the past two seasons. He signed with the Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2006. The Colorado State alumnus also played with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europa this summer.

Hodgdon (6-3, 291) played in 11 games with eight starts for the Texans from 2005-06. Houston's fifth-round pick (151st overall) in 2005, he saw action in four games with three starts at center as a rookie. He played in seven games and started five at center in 2006 when Mike Flanagan went down with an injury. Hodgdon was released during training camp (9/1) earlier this season.

Weary (6-4, 298) went down with a broken right tibia in last Sunday's game at Tennessee (12/2). He started all 12 games for the Texans this season to that point and had started 22 consecutive games dating back to last year. In his six-year career, Weary has played in 63 games with 43 starts. He was the Texans' third-round pick (66th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft.

White (6-2, 284) suffered a season-ending knee injury last Sunday at Tennessee (12/2). He saw action in six games this season as the primary backup at center and both guard spots. White was signed to the Texans' practice squad on 11/6/06 and spent the last eight weeks of the season with the team after playing for Green Bay for the first seven games of the year. In his three-year NFL career, White has seen action in seven games.

Stevenson (6-5, 300) was signed to the Texans' practice squad, taking the place of Brisiel. He was a sixth-round pick (205th overall) of the New England Patriots in the 2006 NFL Draft and spent the first eight games of his rookie year on the Patriots practice squad before being released on 11/7/06. He signed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad two days later and spent the rest of the season there. Stevenson went through training camp this season with Miami but was released on 9/1. The Barrington, Ill. native was a four-year letterman at Notre Dame and started 35 of the 45 games in which he played for the Irish.

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