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Tylerite Jeremy Lane is headed back to the Lone Star State.
Lane, the former John Tyler High School standout, was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Houston Texans on Monday.
The Seahawks sent Lane, a cornerback, and two draft picks to the Texans for veteran left tackle Duane Brown.
Seattle general manager John Schneider confirmed the sides reached agreement on the deal, but it had not been fully finalized yet. The agreement happened a day before the NFL trading deadline.
The Texans get a fifth-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019.
Lane played only six of 71 snaps in Seattle’s 41-38 victory over Houston on Sunday. He tweeted his displeasure at losing his starting job last Tuesday in his return from a groin injury that kept him out since Week 4 when he was hurt on the first series against the Colts.
Rookie Shaquill Griffin replaced Lane at right cornerback opposite Richard Sherman, with Justin Coleman playing the nickel.
Lane played all 16 games last season as the team’s nickel, starting nine. He started the first four games this season, though he was ejected in the first series of the season opener.
The Texans have lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to injuries and Brian Cushing to a suspension.
Brown made his season debut for the Texans on Sunday against the Seahawks after a lengthy holdout in search of a new contract. He was also at the center of the Texans' decision where the majority of the active roster knelt during the national anthem in protest of comments made by Houston owner Bob McNair. Brown played 68 of 71 snaps for the Texans in Sunday's 41-38 loss to Seattle.
Brown is an immediate upgrade for Seattle. The Seahawks have limped along with backup Rees Odhiambo stepping in at left tackle after George Fant was lost for the season to a major knee injury suffered in the preseason.
"We've been talking to them on and off since right after George was injured trying to get a lay of the land," Schneider said. "Rick Smith, their general manager, and I have a good relationship and we kept talking and texting and ended up coming to fruition."
Brown, 32, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a former All-Pro. He's played his entire career with the Texans.
Offensive line has clearly been an issue for Seattle all season. After stepping in last season unexpectedly to become a starter, Fant was supposed to solidify the left side of Seattle's offensive line going into this season.
Instead, the entire plan was thrown into flux when Fant was injured in the second preseason game against Minnesota. Odhiambo has been serviceable, but has also looked overmatched numerous times through the first seven games.
Adding to Seattle's recent issues up front was left guard Luke Joeckel undergoing knee surgery. Carroll said Monday that Joeckel will likely be out another four weeks, leaving rookie Ethan Pocic to hold down the spot.