New York Jets running back Cedric Houston left the team for personal reasons Thursday.
Houston, the Jets’ sixth-round pick from Tennessee in 2005, rushed for 676 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 109 yards in two seasons. His finest game in a Jets uniform came last December, when he ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a 38-10 win at Green Bay.
The reason for Houston’s departure wasn’t immediately known.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Houston was a powerful presence in New York’s backfield — when healthy. He played well after filling in for an injured Curtis Martin as a rookie, but he missed five games last season due to a knee injury after being inactive the first two weeks of the season.
His health also was an issue when the Jets drafted him after it was discovered during the NFL combine in 2005 that he had a previously undiagnosed thyroid condition that sapped his energy and strength at times during his college career. The condition didn’t scare off the Jets, who made sure he was treated with proper medication.
McBride, Sears Sign: The Kansas City Chiefs signed second-round draft choice Turk McBride, a defensive lineman from UT who agreed to a four-year contract.
Former UT offensive lineman Arron Sears, a second-round pick, signed with Tampa Bay.
McBride will be with the Chiefs when they start camp, and that was a priority because he may have more impact as a rookie than any of the Chiefs’ other draft picks. The Chiefs are counting on McBrideto be a part of their playing rotation at defensive end and perhaps even help in obvious passing situations as a tackle.
He might also be the starter at right end in the first two games while Jared Allen serves his two-game suspension.
McBride, the 54th pick in the draft, played in 43 games for the Vols, registering 121 tackles, 62 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures.
Price Dislocates Finger: Veteran Buffalo Bills receiver Peerless Price dislocated his left pinky finger in the afternoon session, and it’s unsure whether he’ll miss practice time. Price, a former Vol, was hurt while blocking 90 minutes into practice, when his finger got caught in a defensive player’s jersey.
Price ripped off his glove, threw his helmet and was doubled over in pain before being attended to by team trainers.
“I’ll be all right,” said Price, who’s finger was heavily taped. “I hate missing practice so I’m going to see. It’s a little fat.”
Bryson Released: Detroit released former UT running back Shaun Bryson because of a failed physical. Bryson went on injured reserve last season because of a knee problem.
“Hopefully we can make sure he gets down, starts rehabbing, keeps working, and you never know down the road,” Lions coach Rod Marinelli said.