Texans cut former Notre Dame star Louis Nix
Former Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix got a jolt of reality Friday, when the Houston Texans cut the former third-round draft pick in a move to help the team get down to the mandated 53-man roster limit.
Nix was an early entry in the 2014 NFL Draft, but did secure his ND degree in May of that year.
He had been at times mentioned as a possible first-round pick prior to the 2014 season at Notre Dame, but injuries and spotty production that fall weakened his draft stock.
The 6-foot-2, 331-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. The Texans had used a fourth- and fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft to trade up to get Nix.
Nix played in all four of Houston’s preseason games. It is possible the Texans could re-sign him to the practice squad once all the 53-man NFL rosters are set.
Teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to reach the limit.
• Elsewhere, the Buffalo Bill cut former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood.
• Undrafted rookie wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, first waived by the Minnesota Vikings, was cut for the second time this preseason — this time by New England.
• Rookie tight end Ben Koyack, a seventh-round draft choice last spring out of ND, was cut by Jacksonville.
• Meanwhile, rookie kicker Kyle Brindza, nailed field goals of 55 and 57 yards in Tampa Bay’s Thursday preseason victory over Miami, cementing his spot on the Bucs’ roster.
Tampa traded for the former Irish kicker/punter last Monday.