Dylan Horton

Texans DE Dylan Horton Completes Cancer Treatments

Dylan Horton ended his rookie season on the NFI list, but his attempts to return to the field for the coming campaign recently saw a welcomed development. The Texans defensive end completed his final treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, as noted by Aaron Wilson of KPRC2.

Horton was in stage four of the disease, but he is now in remission, Wilson adds. The positive news on the treatment front clears the way for him to attempt a comeback for the 2024 season. The 23-year-old made 10 appearances last year, logging a part-time role on both defense and special teams. He posted 13 tackles and one fumble recovery in that span.

Three years remain on Horton’s rookie contract, and staying cancer-free would allow him to carry on in a depth capacity with the Texans. The team relied heavily on 2023 third overall pick Will Anderson last season, and his performance earned him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Anderson will no doubt continue as a full-time starter for years to come. Houston lost fellow first-teamer Jonathan Greenard in free agency, but Danielle Hunter was added as a replacement.

The latter inked a two-year deal featuring $48MM guaranteed, and he will be counted on to remain a high-end sack artist with his hometown team. Hunter posted a career-high 16.5 sacks last season, and a repeat of that performance would help the Texans build off their surprise 2023 run to the divisional round of the postseason. Houston ranked just 17th in sacks during head coach DeMeco Ryans‘ first season at the helm, and an improvement in that department will be a goal for 2024.

Horton – a third-round selection out of TCU – will aim to play a role in that effort. He will find himself behind Anderson, Hunter and Denico Autry on the depth chart this season, but managing to take part in offseason workouts and/or training camp will represent a sign he will be available for the start of his second NFL campaign. His status will be worth monitoring as the offseason progresses.

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/23/23

Thanksgiving Day transactions from around the league:

Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Horton, a fourth-round rookie out of TCU, released a statement from the team that he is “dealing with a personal health matter that will keep (him) away from the team for an indefinite period of time.” His spot on the roster will be taken by Hyder, a practice squad end who is one of several former 49ers defenders to join head coach DeMeco Ryans in Houston.

The 49ers have upgraded one of their cornerback roster spots, subbing Womack in off the injured reserve for Jean-Charles. Womack was a much more active participant in his rookie season last year than Jean-Charles has been for the 49ers so far this season. While Womack was ready to return, the same could not be said for rookie fifth-round defensive end Robert Beal Jr. Beal was downgraded to out for tonight’s game and will remain on IR with his 21-day practice window still open for four more days.

Meanwhile, Miami and New York are making their standard gameday elevations for the league’s first ever Black Friday football game tomorrow.

NFL Draft Pick Signings: 5/18/23

Non-first-round picks continue to sign their four-year contracts. We’ve collected today’s signings below:

Arizona Cardinals

Houston Texans

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Williams was one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft considering his status heading into the 2022 campaign. The Syracuse cornerback is still recovering from a torn ACL that limited him to only seven games last season. As the rookie told Darren Urban of the team’s website, he’s already progressed to running.

“You feel like football season is around the corner, but you’ve got to stay patient,” Williams said. “I can’t rush it. But obviously I can’t wait to put the cleats and pads back on … The hard part’s done. Now it’s the fun part, strengthening things, I’m able to run. I feel like a football player again.”

The defensive back also made it clear that he’s aiming to be back on the field for training camp, but he understands that the organization may want to bring him along more slowly.

“I am seeing it as, I can come back from this and make my story,” Williams said. “I see my life as a movie [and] make my movie that much cooler, that much better at the end.”