The Houston Texans have released three players today for violating team rules at their hotel in Kansas City, and all three of these players are rookies:
The Texans placed on waivers today running back Cierre Wood, defensive end Sam Montgomery and outside linebacker Willie Jefferson.
The Texans gave no explanation for releasing the three rookies, all of whom were inactive for Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chiefs, but a person familiar with the situation said they were waived because they violated unspecified team rules at their Kansas City hotel on Saturday.
And according to Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds, Jefferson was cut for smoking a cigar in his hotel room:
“Willie admits to smoking a cigar, and take full responsibility for his actions. He is quite upset that this happened, and didn’t know it would cause this type of reaction. He apologized to his teammates, and said he couldn’t speak for Cierre and Sam on why they were released.”
It is worth pointing out though that Jefferson was kicked out of Baylor after failing multiple tests for marijuana, and eventually transferred to Stephen F. Austin. He was signed as an undrafted free agent and showed a lot of potential as a pass rusher. He contributed on special teams.