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Keyes’ run over with Texans after getting cut

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Zach Tarrant/Houston TexansHouston linebacker Josh Keyes (left) and safety Justin Reid celebrate a stop on defense against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.
August 31, 2018 08:30 pm

The NFL preseason is officially over and roster purges began in earnest on Friday.

Chatham High School graduate got the call to the Houston coach’s office as teams whittled their numbers from 90 to 53. He was cut on Friday afternoon.

On the Texans’ unofficial depth chart, Keyes was listed as a third string middle linebacker, behind Benardrick McKinney and Brian Peters. The position has some depth, and Keyes was the odd man out. He could make himself useful on special teams, the practice squad or land somewhere else.

“I think special teams is one of the biggest considerations when it comes to basically, let’s just say, player 20 through 53,” coach Bill O’Brien told USA TODAY.

The former Panther and Boston College standout played well once again on Thursday night in Houston’s final preseason game — a 14-6 win over Dallas.

Keyes had five total tackles with four solos. For the preseason, he tallied 23 tackles — 15 solos — with one hit on the quarterback.

Since graduating from Boston College, Keyes has played for six teams in Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Atlanta, Los Angeles (Chargers), Cleveland and now Houston. The 25 year old signed a one year, $900,000 contract with the Texans in the offseason, which included a $35,000 signing bonus and $35,000 in guaranteed money.