The Houston Texans waived running back Tyler Ervin Wednesday.
The 2016 fourth-round pick from San Jose State had been handling kickoff and punt return duties for the Texans, who are 6-3 and in first place in the AFC South. Over nine games, he produced 21 punt returns, the most in the NFL, for 174 yards, an 8.3 yards per punt return. As a kickoff returner, he had 10 returns for 253 yards. His kickoff return average of 25.3 was the eighth-best in the NFL while his 8.3 yards per punt return were the 12th-best in the league.
Ervin tore his patellar tendon in Week 4 of 2017. While he made it back to play in all nine of Houston’s games in 2018, they have nonetheless parted ways with the 25-year-old running back.
In a corresponding roster move, the Texans claimed receiver DeAndre Carter off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. The 5-8, 190-pound receiver from Sacramento State had 10 kickoff returns for 204 yards and 10 punt returns for 103 yards in seven games for the Eagles this season.