Texans put Brown on IR with back injury

The Texans have placed running back Chris Brown on injured reserve, putting the team at the 53-player limit.

Brown, 27, has a herniated disc in his back that is considered a career-threatening injury, according to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter. Brown signed a two-year contact in the offseason with the Texans.

Brown was a third-round pick of the Titans in 2003 and spent five injury-plagued seasons in Tennessee. Brown rushed for a career high 1,067 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2004. He appeared in 12 games and made only one start for the Titans in 2007, rushing for 462 yards with 5 touchdowns.

The Texans released Roosevelt Colvin and Marcel Shipp on Friday.

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