Louis Nix has been released by the Texans, sources tell Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). It’s a disappointing outcome for Nix, who was a third-round draft pick just one year ago. The Texans also cut defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and return specialist Damaris Johnson, Wilson tweets.
The Notre Dame product, who goes by the nickname of “Irish Chocolate,” was unable to take the field in 2014 after undergoing knee surgeries No. 2 and 3 of his career in the offseason. The nose tackle put himself on the map as a junior in 2012 and had some NFL draft hype around him, but opted to return for his senior season. Unfortunately, his senior season was cut short in November, leading to his fall into the third round in the 2014 draft.