There are no more original Houston Texans.
Kicker Kris Brown, the only player left from the inaugural 2002 season, was cut by coach Gary Kubiak on Friday as NFL teams began paring their rosters in order to reach the 53-man limit by today’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Brown was beaten out by Neil Rackers, a free agent signed by Houston in the offseason.
“It was miserable. I don’t know how to put it any differently,” said Kubiak, entering his fifth season as Houston’s coach. “He’s a great person. I respect his career, and I know he’s going to have a good one.”
Brown followed up his best season as a pro in 2008 with his worst last year, when he made just 21 of 32 field goals. Rackers spent the previous seven seasons in Arizona and made the Pro Bowl in 2005 after setting an NFL record for field goals in a season (40).
Over in North Texas, the Dallas Cowboys made a move by sending receiver Patrick Crayton to San Diego for a late-round draft choice next April. Crayton had asked to be traded and was expendable after Dallas drafted Dez Bryant in the first round.
Crayton skipped offseason workouts, but once he showed up, there were never any problems. He just couldn’t move ahead of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Bryant on the depth chart.
Crayton, who averaged 41 catches and five touchdowns over the past four seasons, will help San Diego make up for not having holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who also must serve a three-game suspension because of multiple DUI arrests.
In another trade, Dallas sent offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to the Miami Dolphins. The teams will swap sixth-round draft choices if Miami’s pick is higher.
Arizona traded guard Reggie Wells to Philadelphia for a late-round draft pick. Wells, entering his eighth NFL season, has started 64 games in a row since 2005.
Philly also released veteran running back J.J. Arrington. By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will receive a sixth-round pick from Denver in the 2012 draft, according to terms of the July trade.
Minnesota sent third-string QB Sage Rosenfels, a 10-year veteran, and RB Darius Reynaud to the Giants for undisclosed draft picks in 2011 and 2012. Rosenfels will back up Eli Manning.
The Cleveland Browns placed rookie running back Montario Hardesty on injured reserve. He showed much promise before tearing up his left knee in Thursday night’s final exhibition game.
Denver put running back LenDale White on injured reserve with a torn right Achilles’ tendon. The veteran was to miss the first four games this season with a suspension and will serve the suspension while he is injured.
New England released former first-round draft pick Damione Lewis and also cut offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc. Lewis was a first-round selection by St. Louis in 2001.
The 49ers released 22 players, but all 11 of their 2010 draft picks made the cut. Gone are veteran RB Michael Robinson, TE Tony Curtis and LB Matt Whilhelm.
Ladell Betts’ comeback from a serious knee injury is on hold after the Saints released the veteran running back. He has been trying to come back from an injury last November in which he tore ligaments in his left knee while with Washington.
Also gone from New Orleans are backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey, defensive end Bobby McCray and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy.
The Cardinals released outside linebacker Cody Brown, a second-round draft pick out of Connecticut a year ago. They also cut tight end Anthony Becht, who has played in 152 consecutive games, third longest among active players behind Brett Favre (287) and Peyton Manning (193).
COLTS’ MOALA ARRESTED
Indianapolis police said Colts defensive tackle Fili Moala was arrested for driving while intoxicated, public intoxication and speeding. He was a second-round draft pick in 2009 out of Southern California.