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04/15/14 - DE Sam Montgomery was signed by the Bengals.
The 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end was taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft but was released by the Texans last October without seeing any playing time.
There were reports that Montgomery smoked marijuana before a game. He denied the allegation and then signed in December with the Oakland Raiders. But Montgomery suffered a knee injury in his first practice with the Raiders and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2013 season.
The Bengals are hoping that the 23-year-old Montgomery can return to the form that he displayed at LSU. In college, Montgomery had 32 1/2 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in 31 games.
Montgomery likely will compete with Bengals defensive ends Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Robert Geathers and Margus Hunt for a roster spot.
10/22/13 - The Texans waived three rookies -- running back Cierre Wood, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and defensive end Sam Montgomery -– for violating team rules at the Texans' hotel in Kansas City the night before the game.
Coach Gary Kubiak sent them home, made them inactive for the game and then placed them on waivers.
"I won't discuss team rules," Kubiak said.
"I feel like they wasted a big opportunity," outside linebacker Brooks Reed said. "I'm sure they're realizing it right now. It's crazy and unfortunate because they had a great opportunity here to be successful. They just didn't get it. I don't understand why someone would do that to themselves."
The decision to make Wood inactive for the game hurt the team because running backs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) suffered injuries. Wood would have received a lot of playing time.
"It's disappointing because each of them had promise," defensive end Antonio Smith said. "For one of them (Wood), it would have been his time to write his resume. Everybody was surprised. It's a hard hit, especially with what happened in the game.
"We knew before the game. Coach told us. He always lets us know the decisions he's going to make. Then you get into the game, and Arian gets hurt, and Ben gets hurt, and it puts the team in a predicament. You've got to care more about your team."
The decision to release the three rookies left general manager Rick Smith and pro personnel director Brian Gardner looking for replacements.
"Yes, we could have (used Wood)," offensive tackle Duane Brown said. "It's very frustrating to have that happen knowing we had a back that was capable of carrying the load for us. It was a big missed opportunity on his part.
"I wish those guys well. I hope they're able to bounce back from this situation and land on their feet somewhere."
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/95 - Sam Montgomery, OLB, 6-3, 262, LSU...The college defensive end will begin on the strong side. They like his strength, quickness and the way he plays the run and gets after the quarterback. If he has trouble dropping into coverage, he'll move to the weak side. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Outside linebacker Sam Montgomery, who played at LSU, impressed fans, media and his new teammates in his first interview. He mentioned defensive end Antonio Smith, the leader of the defensive line who's known as the Ninja. "I'm so ready," Montgomery said. "I know the Ninja is there. I'm a fan of the Ninja. I plan to take his teachings and make Ninja Sonic out of it. I met the guys (on a visit to Reliant Stadium), and I've got a real great feel for the place. I know I felt like home there." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Texans drafted LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery in the third round and will move him to outside linebacker in their 3-4. He'll begin on the strong side with Brooks Reed. If he can't learn to drop into coverage, he'll switch to the weak side with Whitney Mercilus, last year's first-round pick. - The Sports Xchange