Sam Montgomery, Cierre Wood, and Willie Jefferson were released by the Houston Texans Monday after violating team rules by smoking marijuana in the team’s hotel days earlier. The three were suspended for their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The players are adamant that they were only smoking cigars, but it seems unlikely that the team would take such a measure without some level of confidence. Still, Jefferson’s agent is vowing to file a grievance with the league.
All three players were talented rookies on the roster, leaving some to lament the seemingly wasted talent.
“I don’t understand why they did it,” said linebacker Brooks Reed. “They had the opportunity of their lives and they just kind of threw it away. I don’t have too much to say about it. It’s really unfortunate. We lost a lot of depth for that game. They were great players and they had a lot of potential. We’re just going to find more guys that are more dedicated to the cause.”
Montgomery, a third-round pick out of LSU, is the most disappointing. At one point, he was projected as a top-ten pick, but his stock tumbled through the 2012 season, and he now finds himself without a job after coming into camp out of shape and sustaining an early injury before this latest incident.
Wood, instrumental in Notre Dame’s run to make the BCS title game last year, and Jefferson went undrafted.