The Houston Texans released rookie linebackers Sam Montgomery and Willie Jefferson, and rookie running back Cierre Wood Monday, after the three violated team rules, while in Kansas City over the weekend.
According to reports, the trio were cut by the team for using marijuana in their hotel room. Jefferson’s agent Chad Cannon reported that the players were smoking a cigar, and did not violate any team rules.
Wood had been active for the team’s first six games of the season, Jefferson was active for three, and Montgomery had been inactive for the season’s first seven weeks, after reporting to training camp out of shape and then suffering an injury before Week 1. Montgomery was taken by the Texans in the third round of the NFL Draft, while Jefferson and Wood were signed as undrafted free agents.
Montgomery spent his college career at LSU. He gained a reputation for being lazy, as coaches and teammates reported that he would take plays off even when he was not tired. Montgomery finished his college career with 104 tackles, 19 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Jefferson began his college career at Baylor University as a wide receiver and tight end before being kicked off the team for a marijuana violation. He transferred to Stephen F. Austin University where he converted to the linebacker position. He would finish his two years at SFA with 63 tackles, 21 sacks, and two interceptions.
Wood played college football at the University of Notre Dame. He was suspended for two games during his senior year for violating team rules, but the specific rules broken were never reported. He rushed for 2447 yards over three seasons with the Fighting Irish and scored 16 rushing touchdowns.
The three can only hope that another NFL team will give them a second chance, or their short-lived NFL careers will be over.