THURSDAY, 1:40pm: The Texans have cut Ivory, tweets John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
WEDNESDAY, 8:45pm: ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio believes Ivory is as good as gone. The writer notes that keeping the defensive lineman “could mean paying him while he’s on mandatory leave pending the resolution of the charges,” another incentive for parting ways with the undrafted rookie.
6:15pm: Former Alabama defensive lineman Brandon Ivory, who hooked on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in May, was arrested on a first degree burglary charge, reports Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
Ivory was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and placed in Tuscaloosa County Jail, according to Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. His bail was set at $120,000.
The press release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department describes how the victims were inside their residence when the door was kicked in and two suspects armed with an assault rifle and a knife, respectively, demanded items, according to Alex Byington of the Times Daily (via Twitter). Ivory and Nicholas Gerald Gibson III were arrested and charged.
For the record, Ivory’s agent believes his client is innocent and will be cleared of all charges (via Twitter).
Ivory’s current employer, the Texans, released a statement, according to Smith.
“The Houston Texans are aware of the police report regarding DT Brandon Ivory in Tuscaloosa, Ala. At this time, we will have no further comment until we gather all of the relevant facts.”
Considering Ivory is an undrafted free agent with limited upside, it’s doubtful the Texans will keep him on the team unless these charges are dropped quickly and without further embarrassment to the organization or the NFL.
Zach Links contributed to this post.