Jon Weeks

Texans Place Gareon Conley On IR

The Texans will be without Gareon Conley for at least a little while. On Monday, Houston placed the cornerback on injured reserve, which will rule him out for a minimum of three games per the league’s modified rules for 2020. 

[RELATED: Texans Sign Deshaun Watson To $177MM Extension]

Conley was activated from the PUP list in August after making strides in his recovery from arthroscopic ankle surgery. The move to IR is a frustrating setback for Conley, who was neck-and-neck with second-year pro Lonnie Johnson for a starting job. Once he’s back, Conley will push for playing time as he makes his case ahead of free agency.

The Texans declined Conley’s fifth-year option for 2021, which would have paid him $10.24MM. Still, the Texans were excited to see what he could bring to the table this year. After a rocky tenure in Oakland, Conley managed eleven pass breakups in Houston. That gave him the second-highest total on the team, just two shy of team leader Jonathan Joseph. Without Conley, the Texans will move forward with Bradley Roby, Vernon Hargreaves, Lonnie Johnson, John Reid, Keion Crossen, and Phillip Gaines as their cornerbacks.

In related moves, the Texans placed wide receiver Isaiah Coulter on IR while re-signing tacke Brent Qvale and long snapper Jon Weeks.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/6/20

Here are Sunday’s minor moves. The players who landed on injured reserve are eligible to come off teams’ respective lists after three weeks. For 2020, teams can also activate an unlimited number of IR players — as opposed to the two-man max of 2019.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Claimed (from Washington): T Timon Paris

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Claimed (from Dolphins): G Deion Calhoun
  • Signed: CB Torry McTyer

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Las Vegas Raiders

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Texans To Re-Sign LS Jon Weeks

In a couple of weeks (get it?), the Texans will re-sign their longtime long snapper. The team has agreed to a new deal with Jon Weeks that will be formalized at the start of the league year, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).

Weeks holds the Texans’ consecutive game streak with 160 straight appearances – he hasn’t missed work since joining the club in 2010. The Baylor product was not selected when he declared for the 2008 NFL Draft, but he kept with it and, eventually, found his home.

The 34-year-old is coming off of a four-year, $3.9MM extension he signed back in 2015. Terms of the new deal are not yet known, but the new pact might be long enough to secure him through the rest of his playing days.

Texans Sign Long Snapper Jon Weeks To Extension

The Texans have locked up their long snapped Jon Weeks to a long-term extension, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The new contract will keep him with the team for four years through 2019. It is worth $3.9MM total, with $330,000 in guaranteed money (via Twitter).

Weeks was excited to be part of the future in Houston, according to Mark Berman of Fox Sports 26 (via Twitter). “I’m speechless. I’m thrilled. I’m humbled,” said Weeks. “I’m incredibly thankful and excited to be here for that long.”

Berman also passed along quotes from Weeks, including where he credited Texans punter Shane Lechler for helping him on his path to becoming a mainstay in professional football (via Twitter).

“I’m very thankful for Shane. Shane’s been a great help.He’s one of the reasons I’m the player I am today,” said Weeks. “I had so many emotions today. I never imagined I would get to sign one of these, let alone a third one.”

Weeks declared for the 2008 NFL Draft but was not selected. The former Baylor Bear eventually signed on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He took over long snapping duties in 2010, and this new contract will keep him starting the play on punts and field goals almost until the end of the decade.

Of his guaranteed money, $250,000 comes by way of a signing bonus, and an additional $80,000 is guaranteed base salary, writes Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Wilson also adds that the base salaries for Weeks going forward will escalate from $825,000 this year and next, up to $930,000 in 2019 (via Twitter).