The Texans have made a change in their secondary, parting ways with last season’s primary starter at free safety. As first reported by Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter), the team has cut Shiloh Keo, who had been battling a calf injury. With the vacated roster spot, the Texans promoted safety Josh Aubrey from their practice squad to the 53-man roster, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter).
Keo, 26, racked up 63 tackles in Houston’s secondary last year, also defending six passes and snagging an interception. However, the former fifth-round pick’s injury woes and unspectacular play saw him surpassed on the depth chart this season by Kendrick Lewis and Danieal Manning. With no bonus money included in his minimum-salary deal, Keo won’t count for any dead money against Houston’s cap.
The promotion of Aubrey from the practice squad to the 53-man roster opens up a spot on the taxi squad for wideout Travis Labhart, whose signing was reported earlier.