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Houston Texans Claim RB Jonathan Grimes off Waivers

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The Houston Texans have claimed running back Jonathan Grimes off waivers, and as a result released inside linebacker Mister Alexander to open up a roster spot.

The move was made due to the Texans primary back-up to Arian Foster, Ben Tate, continuing to be hobbled by a hamstring injury.

Grimes was available after being released by the New York Jets on Tuesday. Houston had originally signed him in May as an undrafted rookie but released him during the final round of preseason cuts before signing him to the practice squad.

New York signed Grimes off the Texans practice squad to their active roster on Sept. 25 before facing Houston in Week 5.

Grimes played in three games with the Jets, carrying the ball two times for six yards while adding two catches for seven yards.

Tate suffered a hamstring injury against Baltimore in Week 7, but didn’t practice either Monday or Wednesday coming off the Texans bye week. Justin Forsett was the Texans lone healthy back-up to Foster before adding Grimes.

Alexander took part in six games this season recording five tackles on special teams. With his release Houston has three inside linebacker on the roster in Bradie James, Tim Dobbins and Barrett Rudd.

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