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Texans Place Leomont Evans on IR

August 27, 2002

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HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Texans placed safety Leomont Evans, temporarily paralyzed in the team’s preseason opener, on injured reserve Tuesday.

Evans suffered a bruised spinal cord in the third quarter of the Texans’ Aug. 5 game against the New York Giants. He was injured while rushing a punt in the NFL debut of the expansion Texans.

After crossing the line of scrimmage, Evans lowered his helmet and drove it into the chest of Giants running back Sean Bennett, who was blocking on the play. Evans dropped to the artificial turf and lost feeling in his arms and legs, which he didn’t regain until he had been carted off the field and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Houston also claimed defensive end Shawn Worthen on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. The moves reduced the Texans’ roster to the league-required 75 players.

Also Tuesday, the Texans waived tackle Matt Anderle, wide receivers Larry Davis and Devin Lewis and quarterback Ben Sankey.

Worthen was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings last season. He played in four games and recorded three tackles and one quarterback pressure.

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