Texans sign former UH star CB Stanford Routt

Texans sign former UH star CB Stanford Routt

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) escapes the reach of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt (26) on a first down run in the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs, 26-16. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)

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by Jill Courtney

khou.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 12:52 AM

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have signed veteran cornerback Stanford Routt after placing Brice McCain on injured reserve with a designation for return.

Routt started seven games this season for the Chiefs before he was released on Nov. 5.

McCain, Houston's nickel cornerback, had surgery to repair a broken left foot Monday. He must sit out eight weeks, which means the earliest he could play is if the Texans reach the Super Bowl.

Houston needed depth at the position because of McCain's injury and the uncertain status of Johnathan Joseph, the Texans' top cornerback who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Routt, who went to college at Houston, has 258 tackles and 12 interceptions in an eight-year career spent mostly in Oakland.

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