The Texans have signed veteran defensive ends Ryan Denney and Adewale Ogunleye to replace the injured Connor Barwin and Tim Jamison, who was placed on waivers today.
The Texans worked out three veterans, including Bobby McCray, before deciding to sign Denney and Ogunleye, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Jamison, a two-year veteran, could be signed to the practice squad.
Barwin, who came off the bench in passing situations and primarily played the left side, suffered a season-ending dislocated right ankle in Sunday’s 34-24 victory over Indianapolis. He will undergo surgery today and be placed on injured reserve.
Against the Colts, Barwin was replaced by Jesse Nading, a two-year veteran. Nading and the newest additions will compete for playing time off the bench behind starters Mario Williams and Antonio Smith.
Ogunleye, 33, was in the NFL for 10 years, including the first four seasons with Miami and the last six with the Bears. Last season, he started 14 games and had 38 tackles and 6½ sacks before suffering a fractured fibula in December.
Ogunleye (6-4, 260) came to the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Miami in 2000.
Denney, 33, played the last nine years with Buffalo and was waived in the offseason. Last season, he played in 15 games, recording 27 tackles and two sacks.
Denney (6-7, 264) entered the league as Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2002.