The Houston Texans signed linebacker D.J. Smith after working him out as well as linebackers Gary Guyton and Tim Shaw.

Smith played collegiately at Appalachian State.

The Texans also signed rookie free safety Jawanza Starling (USC) off of the New York Giants' practice squad.

The Texans signed cornerback Loyce Means (Houston) and wide receiver Rico Richardson (Jackson State) to their practice squad.

Wide receiver Andy Cruse was placed on the practice squad-injured list with a left hamstring injury.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.