Houston Texans release starting TE Pharaoh Brown, sources say 11:21 AM ET DJ Bien-AimeESPN The Houston Texans released starting tight end Pharaoh Brown , who led the team's tight ends in catches (seven) and yards (72), sources confirmed to ESPN. Brown started three games but missed the 34-24 Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers because of a hip and shoulder injury. The emergence of 2018 third-round pick Jordan Akins , who the Texans brought back to the organization on their practice squad on Aug. 31, along with the signing of O.J. Howard on Sept. 1 made Brown expandable. Editor's Picks On the season, Akins has five catches for 64 yards with a touchdown and Howard has five catches for 72 yards with two touchdowns. The news of Brown's release was first reported by Pro Football Network.