Houston Texans cut Canadian tight end Antony Auclair

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The Houston Texans have released Canadian tight end Antony Auclair as part of their final roster cutdowns.

Auclair signed a one-year extension with the team this offseason, of which $1.6 million was guaranteed. He could be a candidate to be brought back by the club after they make short-term injured reserve assignments on Wednesday but had been battling a knee injury of his own throughout training camp.

The Université Laval product played 16 games for the Texans during his first year with the franchise last season. He made five receptions for 47 yards and one touchdown — the first TD of his career — while bringing his physical blocking abilities to the offence.

The 28-year-old spent the first four years of his NFL days with the Buccaneers and earned a ring alongside Tom Brady when Tampa Bay beat Kansas City in Super Bowl LV. Auclair was with the Bucs as the team was building into a contender and can see similar potential in the Texans.

The six-foot-six, 256-pound Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que. native signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent, recording ten receptions for 84 yards in 40 games. Auclair raved about playing with Brady, calling him the “greatest teammate of all time.”

Auclair has played five seasons so far in the NFL, earning over $4 million USD.