Ryan Mallett released by the Houston Texans

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The Ryan Mallett saga has finally come to an end for the Houston Texans.

After the quarterback missed the team's flight to Florida on Sunday as they took on the Miami Dolphins - a game they were embarrassingly losing 41-0 at half-time - Mallett was always going to struggle to get back into head coach Bill O'Brien's good books.

That proved to be true to a pretty big extreme, as the Texans have now cut Mallett from the team.


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John McClain of the Houston Chronicle broke the news, tweeting that Mallett had been released from the Texans.

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However, the Texans general manager Rick Smith decided to veto the move and it looked like trouble could be brewing between the coach and GM.

But now it seems like Smith wouldn't go forward with the decision because Houston didn't have a backup quarterback on the roster, with 3rd string QB Tom Savage on the season-ending injured reserve.

According to McClain, Houston is set to bring in T.J Yates to replace Mallett as the backup to Brian Hoyer. Houston selected Yates in the fifth-round the Texans in 2011 Draft. He was traded by O"Brien last summer for linebacker Akeem Dent.

It remains to be seen where Mallet ends up, the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys could be an option, but the former Arkansas standout would be a risk after several run-ins with coaches during his time with the Texans.

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