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NFL notebook: Texans cut 9-time Pro Bowl safety Reed

| Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

The Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve Tuesday, the latest blows in a disaster of a season.

Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role. On Friday, he expressed his displeasure at not starting. On Sunday, after Houston's seventh straight loss, he publicly criticized the team and said they had been outplayed and outcoached in the team's first full game without coach Gary Kubiak, who is recovering from a mini-stroke.

Kubiak is expected to coach on Sunday against the Raiders, according to an ESPN report.

Interim coach Wade Phillips, who is the team's defensive coordinator, seemed unhappy when asked about Reed's comments on Monday.

“Everybody has their own feelings about what's happening,” Phillips said. “They have their own ideas about what's happening or didn't happen. We try to keep everything in house.”

The 35-year-old Reed was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract in the offseason after he spent his entire 11-year career with Baltimore. The Texans courted him in an effort to beef up what they saw as an elite defensive unit that needed an upgrade in the secondary to make an expected run at the Super Bowl.

But Reed never showed the playmaking ability he had become known for in Baltimore and had just 16 tackles this season.

Chiefs WR Bowe busted for pot

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, authorities said Tuesday.

Bowe was pulled over for going about 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, police in suburban Riverside said. Police said the officer smelled “a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle,” and asked Bowe and two passengers to get out of the car.

The officer then used a police dog to search for illegal substances in the car and found a bag with Bowe's wallet and two containers holding what the officer suspected was marijuana. One container had 6.6 grams of the substance, and the other had 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all.

Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He posted $750 bond and is scheduled to appear in Riverside court on Dec. 18.

Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews says the team is aware of the situation and is gathering information and has no further comment. The Chiefs are off Tuesday before resuming preparations for a pivotal AFC West showdown against Denver on Sunday night.

Bucs RB James out for season

Buccaneers running back Mike James broke his left ankle in Monday night's victory over the Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, coach Greg Schiano confirmed.

The news comes less than a week after the Buccaneers placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Schiano said Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard will handle the running duties for the rest of the season. They combined for 102 yards on Monday night, and Rainey scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Martin, Dolphins owner meeting postponed

Jonathan Martin's meeting with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was postponed until after the tackle talks with a special investigator about the team's harassment scandal.

Ross had planned to meet Wednesday with Martin in California. On Tuesday, the Dolphins said the NFL requested that the meeting be delayed until after their investigator talks this week with Martin.

The second-year pro suddenly left the team two weeks ago. His lawyer has alleged Martin was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended.

Around the league

The Packers signed veteran quarterback Matt Flynn as the backup to Scott Tolzien. … The Eagles signed former Jets and Bills kick returner and receiver Brad Smith to bolster their special-teams unit. … The 49ers released wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams. … The Chargers placed linebacker Larry English on injured reserve with a biceps injury suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

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