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HOUSTON The Houston Texans have released kick returner Trindon Holliday.

The speedster from LSU showed promise in the preseason, but the Texans are last in kick returns during the regular season.

Holliday averaged only 11 yards on three kickoff returns against the Jets Monday night, and the Texans were penalized three times on returns.

Holliday also dropped the ball a few times in the first five games.

I m very concerned special-teams wise, Kubiak said Tuesday. We didn t get a ball past the 20 (on kickoff returns) last night, and we ve given up two touchdowns. We re near the bottom of the league in covering kicks. We ve got to address it. It s going to cost us, at some point. We ve been fortunate, but it s not good enough right now.

The Texans drafted Holliday in the sixth round in 2010.

Also Wednesday, the Texans signed Linebacker Barrett Ruud and Guard Cody White from the practice squad.

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