After having a rough outing on Sunday against the Packers, the Texans decided to waive cornerback Charles James.
James, who was playing in relief of the injured Jonathan Joseph, slipped on the snowy turf at Lambeau field, which left Jordy Nelson wide open in the end zone for a 32-yard score in the fourth quarter, giving Green Bay a 14-7 lead. James registered 18 tackles in 12 games with Houston in 2016.
To take James’ place, the Texans signed Al-Hajj Shabazz, who saw action in five games with the Steelers this season, recording one solo tackle. Houston was looking to add a larger cornerback to their roster, and saw the 6-foot-2, 201 pound Shabazz as an upgrade to James, who is 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds.
With starting cornerback Kevin Johnson being out for the year, Houston’s secondary needs all the help they can get, and the Texans hope Shabazz will be able to help fill the void if Joseph can’t return to action in a crucial divisional game against the Colts next Sunday, Dec. 11.