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Texans released TE Owen Daniels.

Daniels, 31, was set to count $6.25 million against the cap. With the Texans having just about $10 million in space, clearing Daniels' $4.5 million in savings was a necessity. Second-year TE Ryan Griffin is now being set up to take over No. 1 duties in Houston. He's a big-time breakout candidate after showing well down the stretch in 2013. Daniels has battled injuries the past couple years.

Owen Daniels TE BAL 4 Months

Owen Daniels is open to restructuring his contract to remain with the Texans.

Don't mistake that for being willing to take a pay cut. Daniels, 31, is scheduled to count $6.25 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, and the Texans, who are $9.2 million under the cap, could clear $4.5 million by cutting him.

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Owen Daniels (leg) said he's 100 percent healthy.

Daniels fractured his tibial plateau in Week 5 and completed his rehab in mid-January. "It's like it never happened," Daniels said. "I feel good in that respect. I'm looking forward to coming in fresh and healthy." Daniels will be all systems go for OTAs. It's unclear if he'll be back in Houston. Ryan Griffin's role should increase with the Texans either way. Daniels will turn 32 this season.

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Owen Daniels acknowledged there's a chance he may not be back with the Texans in 2014.

"I try not to (think about it)," Daniels said. "I think I'm one of the leaders and one of the staples of this team. If they choose to keep me my last year of my contract, which I hope they do, that's great. I'd like to play here and only wear this uniform. ... The uncertainty is always weird. ... So I'd like to know basically." Daniels is set to count $6.25 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. He's also become increasingly injury-prone at 31 years old. Garrett Graham is headed for free agency. Rookie Ryan Griffin showed he can handle a full-time role as a pass-catching tight end.

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Texans interim coach Wade Phillips had "nothing new" to offer on Owen Daniels' (leg, short-term I.R.) Week 16 availability during Phillips' Wednesday post-practice press conference.

It certainly doesn't look like Daniels will be activated this week. Phillips suggested Monday that Daniels "might" resume practicing this week, but he apparently did not on Wednesday and appears likely to stay on the injured reserve list until Week 17 at soonest. With Garrett Graham (hamstring) also not practicing, rookie Ryan Griffin may get another start against the Broncos.

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Owen Daniels (leg) "might" return for Week 16.

"I don't know," were the words of interim coach Wade Phillips when asked about Daniels' status on Monday. "I think it's still a might situation this week, as far as him practicing." With the Texans' season long over, it's unclear why they're so adamant about leaving open the possibility of Daniels returning, but he appears less than 50-50 to suit up against the Broncos. Daniels should remain quarantined to the waiver wire in re-draft leagues.

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Speaking Sunday, Owen Daniels (leg) said he still hopes to play in the final two games of the season.

Daniels remains on short-term IR and admitted that he doesn't know if he'll be able to return. The Texans tight end spot is a fluid situation with Garrett Graham's Week 16 status unclear as well due to a hamstring pull. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin came on and led the team with six catches for 62 yards in the loss at Indy.

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Owen Daniels (leg, I.R./recall) won't return for Week 15.

According to interim coach Wade Phillips, Daniels could "maybe" return for Week 16. Daniels shouldn't be rostered in re-draft leagues.

Owen Daniels TE BAL 7 Months

Owen Daniels (leg, short-term IR) did not practice Wednesday.

Daniels has doing some on-field work lately, but not practicing with the team. Owners can safely expect the absurd volume for Garrett Graham to continue in Sunday's game at Indy. Graham is averaging 11.5 targets per day over the last four weeks.

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Owen Daniels (leg, IR/recall) has resumed on-field work, but did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

He's been officially ruled out for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, but is trending in the right direction for Week 15. The 2-10 Texans seem to be determined to get Daniels back on the field before the season is through. One month removed from his 31st birthday, Daniels is under contract for 2014.