Texans cut QB Mallett

Quarterback Ryan Mallett has been released by the Houston Texans in the wake of missing the team's charter flight this weekend.

Mallett said he missed the flight because of traffic and he took a commercial flight to meet the team in Miami for their game against the Dolphins.

It wasn't the first time he'd missed a team activity after he overslept and missed a practice in training camp.

Mallett lost the starting job in training camp, but took over in the season opener after Brian Hoyer struggled. But Mallett didn't perform well either and was benched in favor of Hoyer in the middle of a game against Indianapolis on October 8.

The Texans will now have to find a backup to replace him because Hoyer is the only quarterback remaining on the active roster.

The Texans' 2014 fourth-round pick, Tom Savage, is on injured reserve, and Zac Dysert is on the practice squad.

Former back-up quarterback TJ Yates, a fifth-round draft pick for the Texans in 2011, is currently a free agent and is expected to be signed to replace Mallett.