On Friday, the Houston Texans released two players who had been in the news for the wrong reasons this offseason. The organization announced the release of inside linebacker Max Bullough and wide receiver Keith Mumphery. Both players were role players who found themselves on the bottom of the depth chart before their off-field issues arose.

Max Bullough was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season earlier last month, due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Bullough appeared in all 16 games last season with Houston, and helped fill in at middle linebacker when Brian Cushing went down with injury. Mainly, Bullough played special teams, where he teamed with Keith Mumphery. Mumphery found himself in hot water at the end of May.

Earlier this week, news broke that Keith Mumphery had been expelled and banned from Michigan State University. Mumphery and Bullough spent their college days at the University. Mumphery reportedly violated the university’s policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct. The Houston Texans had remained quiet on the matter, and had also shied from commenting on Bullough’s suspension.

With the moves made on Friday, the Houston Texans have made an example of Bullough and Mumphery that the team holds a high standard for their players to meet. In their absence, the team will look for players that can fill the roles left on special teams. Additionally, the Houston Texans will undoubtedly look for players who obey the rules and guidelines set forth by the league.

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Pro Football Spot lead writer Jared Wingate (Twitter: @wingate_jared)