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Cierre Wood no longer fantasy football option after being cut for violating team rules

Cierre-Wood-TexansHouston Texans running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate were among the many casualties across the National Football League on an injury-ridden Sunday. As a result, there was speculation that former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood could be in for an increased role when the team returned from its Week 8 bye. That will not be happening, as Wood and two other Texans players — defensive end Sam Montgomery and linebacker Willie Jefferson — have been cut for violating team rules.

All three rookies were declared inactive before Houston’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, the team gave no explanation for releasing the three players but a source claims they violated unspecified team rules at their hotel on Saturday.

Jefferson had shown potential as a pass rusher after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He played at Stephen F. Austin last year after he was kicked out of Baylor for failing multiple drug tests for marijuana. Montgomery was a third-round pick out of LSU who was a disappointing inactive for every game this season.

You could make the argument that Wood is the team’s most significant loss. The undrafted rookie easily won the No. 3 job at running back during the preseason when he rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries and added 35 yards on four receptions. The Texans are now dangerously thin at running back, unless both Foster and Tate can heal quickly during their two weeks off.

H/T Rotoworld

Sam Montgomery admits lack of effort, bets with teammate at LSU

Sam MontgomerySam Montgomery may have hurt his draft stock by making some admissions during the NFL Combine Saturday, but at least he gets credit for being honest. Well, maybe he was too honest.

Montgomery, a junior defensive end from LSU, admitted that he would take plays off and give less effort against weaker opponents. He also admitted he would make bets with a teammate based on who would perform better in games.

Montgomery was responding to a question about his LSU coaches saying he didn’t always give maximum effort during games when he gave his answer.

“You know, some weeks when we didn’t have to play the harder teams, there were some times when effort was not needed,” Montgomery said, via Pro Football Talk. “But when we had the big boys coming in, the [Alabamas] or the South Carolinas, I grabbed close to those guys and went all out.

“Of course, this is a new league, the NFL and there are no small teams, small divisions, it is all Alabamas and LSUs every week. It’s definitely something I have to get adjusted to, but I’m sure with the right coaching I will be fine.”

Montgomery says that he is maturing, which seems to be his way of saying that he will act more professionally in the future.

Montgomery registered 37 tackles and eight sacks last season (including the bowl game). He had two sacks in five games his freshman season in 2010 before tearing the ACL in his knee. He recorded nine sacks in 2011.

Montgomery says he and fellow LSU defensive lineman Barkevious Mingo used to bet on who would perform better during games. He says they bet $500 on who would have more sacks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (LSU lost 25-24 to Clemson), and that they bet $1,000 on who would have more sacks on the season. Montgomery won both bets, but he is likely to lose the biggest one of all. The two have wagered $5,000 and a car wash on who gets drafted first in April. Mingo is projected as a higher pick.

Though the thought of college football players betting on their performance is alarming, Montgomery says it is beneficial.

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LSU’s Sam Montgomery Had ‘No Idea’ Who Bear Bryant Was

Mostly everyone knows who Bear Bryant is. If you are a casual college football fan or have seen the movie Forrest Gump, you have heard the legend of the greatest college coach of all time. Wait, haven’t you? Apparently the story of Bryant has not made its way completely around the country and through every locker room.

According to CBSSports.com via Bryan Fischer on Twitter, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery claimed he had no idea who Bear Bryant was when asked about him on Tuesday.  It wasn’t just that Montgomery didn’t know how many championships Bryant won or why he is considered to be such a legendary coach — he literally had no clue who he was.

“I don’t know anything about Bear Bryant,” Montgomery said. “I really haven’t looked at film that much. Oh, their coach. I have no idea. I thought Bear Bryant was a player.”

If there is ever a game of Trivial Pursuit college football edition played in the LSU locker room, we know who the last overall draft pick will be.  Michael Oher never having heard of Steve Jobs was bad, but a college football player not knowing who Bryant is would be like the manager at an AT&T store being unfamiliar with Jobs.  Bryant only won six national championships and more than 300 games with the Crimson Tide back in the 60s and 70s.  Someone get this man some college football reading material before he falls further behind.