Sam Montgomery, Willie Jefferson and Cierre Wood were released by the Texans on Monday for violating team rules at the team hotel. The violations stemmed from marijuana use, according to a report from Tania Ganguli of ESPN.
Three sources told Ganguli the three players were released due to marijuana use, but Montgomery and Jefferson's agent said there were no illegal drugs involved. Montgomery said he walked into a hotel room where Jefferson and Wood were smoking a cigar, only to later get called to meet with head coach Gary Kubiak, according to CSN Houston. According to Ganguli, Jefferson's agent, Chad Cannon, also said the players were smoking a cigar and that illegal drugs were not involved.
Kubiak declined to go into specifics and said he does not discuss team rules. Houston linebacker Brooks Reed said the three players threw away an opportunity.
"I don't understand why they did it," Reed said, via ESPN. "They had the opportunity of their lives and they just kind of threw it away. I don't have too much to say about it. It's really unfortunate. We lost a lot of depth for that game. They were great players and they had a lot of potential. We're just going to find more guys that are more dedicated to the cause."
Montgomery is the most notable of the three players. Houston selected the former LSU defensive end in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He began training camp on the non-football injury list and had not been active for a game this season. Jefferson and Wood were both signed as undrafted rookie free agents. Jefferson appeared in six games, while Wood was Houston's No. 3 running back.