Source: Houston Texans cutting veteran tight end Pharaoh Brown

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 28: Pharaoh Brown #85 of the Houston Texans gets set against the New York Jets during an NFL game at NRG Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) (Cooper Neill, Getty Images 2022)

HOUSTON – The Texans are cutting veteran starting tight end Pharaoh Brown, according to league sources.

Brown missed a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers due to hip, shoulder injuries.

Signed to a one-year, $3 million guaranteed contract this offseason, Brown has seven catches for 72 yards this season in three games, all starts, and 10 targets. For his career, the 6-foot-6, 258-pounder has 46 career catches for 433 yards and two touchdowns

Brown’s deal includes a $1 million signing bonus, with a $2 million guaranteed salary, $500,000 in per game active roster bonuses, playtime incentive to reach up to $4 million.

A former undrafted free agent from Oregon who overcame a gruesome leg injury in college that nearly cost him his leg, Brown had four catches for 67 yards in the first game of the season last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 23 catches for 171 yards and no scores in 15 games and a dozen starts last season.

Without Brown, the Texans can lean on tight ends O.J. Howard, who has two touchdowns, Jordan Akins, who has scored once in two games in standard elevations from the practice squad, Brevin Jordan, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, and they have tight end Mason Schreck on the practice squad. Schreck played against the Chargers and caught his first regular-season pass in 24 career games after a previous stint with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Aaron WIlson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to KPRC 2 and

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