Texans cut OLB Duke Ejiofor following failed physical

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The Houston Texans released outside linebacker Duke Ejiofor on Wednesday.

The former Alief Taylor product played 12 games for the Texans in his rookie season after Houston selected him in the sixth round from Wake Forest in 2018. Ejiofor provided the Texans with nine combined tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits, 1.0 sack, and two pass breakups.

According to Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790, the Texans released Ejiofor because of a failed physical.

In the 2019 offseason, just before the start of organized team activities, Ejiofor tore his Achilles and was out for the year.

“It’s been unlucky,” then-coach Bill O’Brien said on May 19, 2019. “Duke’s a great guy and he just has had some bad luck. He’ll be back, though. He’ll be back at some point and he’ll have a chance to be a good pro football player. He’s a good guy, he can do a lot of different things, he’s a versatile player. It’s just one of those things. It’s tough. It was a fluky thing. It’s just bad luck really, to be honest with you.”

On Aug. 21, 2020, Ejiofor was placed on injured reserve once more after he tore his ACL and was out for a second straight season.

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