Texans Not Pursuing Larry Johnson

After there were conflicting opinions about the chances of Larry Johnson landing with the Texans, Houston general manager Rick Smith told the Houston Chronicle his team will not be pursuing the former Chiefs running back.

The Texans were considering Johnson because they’re trying to improve a disappointing running game that ranks 27th with an average of 90.8 yards a game.

The Texans evaluated running back Edgerrin James last week after Seattle released him. They ruled out James and now Johnson, which means they’re sticking with Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats and Chris Brown.

“We took all the factors into consideration — football, off-the-field issues, and we determined that it wasn’t a good fit for us at this time,” Smith said.  “We’ve got confidence in our backs.  When we come back from our open date, we expect big things out of them.”

The Texans also were concerned about team chemistry.  They believe they have a good thing going in the locker room right now.

And there you have it.

One of the teams mentioned the most is out of the running, so we can go back to speculating about the Pats, Steelers, Redskins and Packers (even if I’m the only one speculating about Green Bay).

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