Texans release veterans Green, Greenwood

The Texans released two veterans, RB Ahman Green and LB Morlon Greenwood, on Tuesday, likely signaling the end of their careers in Houston.

Green spent two injury-plagued seasons with the Texans, ending both on injured reserve after signing with the team as a free agent before the 2007 season. Green was limited to six games in 2007 by a knee injury and was held to eight games in ’08 by knee and foot injuries. The 11-year NFL veteran began the season as the starter but played in just seven more games the rest of the season in a backup role because of his injuries and the emergence of rookie RB Steve Slaton.

Green, 31, has six 1,000-yard seasons — including five straight from 2000 to 2004 — and 73 career touchdowns.

Greenwood started 10 of his 15 games at weakside linebacker for the Texans in 2008, but he lost time to rookie Xavier Adibi. A former third-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2001, Greenwood signed with the Texans in 2005. He started 47 games during his first three seasons in Houston and posted a career-best 118 total tackles in 2007, second-best on the team behind DeMeco Ryans.

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