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Houston Texans Bring Back Troy Nolan; Cut John Beck

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders rushes during action as safety Troy Nolan #33 of the Houston Texans makes the tackle at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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James DoubleUAnalyst IOctober 3, 2012

The Texans drubbed the Titans 38-14 on Sunday, but unlike previous weeks, they didn't do so cleanly.

Key backup safety Quintin Demps broke his forearm during the game, and is now set to sit on the sidelines for an extended period of time. The scare was compounded by Shiloh Keo, who surprised many by making the roster in week 1 over Troy Nolan, injuring his shoulder.

Thankfully for Houston, Keo practiced Monday but Demps needed to be replaced.

Gary Kubiak mentioned the possibility of taking Eddie Pleasant off the practice squad; and also the possibility of finding someone off the street.

In the end that's what the team did, but avoided having to get someone up to speed on a short schedule by re-signing Troy Nolan.

Nolan was the final cut the Texans made to get down to 53 for week 1, losing the competition with Keo and making room for the Texans to carry three quarterbacks, including veteran John Beck, in addition to keeping Case Keenum on the practice squad.

Nolan was one of several Texans castoffs signed by other teams before week 1, going to Houston's week 1 opponent, Miami, only to be released later that month.

Since Demps is coming back later in the season and not going on IR, room had to be made for the returning Nolan; and that came in the form of third stringer Beck, who was released.

There is a question of what will happen in two more weeks when Darryl Sharpton comes off the PUP list, but the Texans will have to deal with that when it happens. Like many things, the decision may be made for them before then.

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