Texans Place OT Chris Clark & ILB Ben Heeney On IR, Promote Three


The Houston Texans have placed OT Chris Clark and ILB Ben Heeney on injured reserve Wednesday and promoted G Chad Slade, OLB Gimel President and OLB LaTroy Lewis to their active roster, according to John McClain.

Clark, 32, originally signed on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent back in 2008. He spent time with the Vikings and Broncos before Denver traded him to the Texans in 2015 for a seventh-round pick.

Clark is in the final year of his two-year, $6 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $2.75 million for the 2017 season.

In 2017, Clark appeared in 10 games for the Texans and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 72 offensive tackle out of 80 qualifying players.

Slade, 25, originally signed on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn back in 2015. He, unfortunately, spent his rookie season injured reserve with a back injury.

The Texans waived Slade coming out of the preseason last year before later signing him to their practice squad and bringing him back on a future/reserve contract this past January. Houston once again waived him at the start of the 2017 season and later added him to their taxi squad.

Slade has yet to appear in an NFL game.

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