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Jeff Maehl replaces Derrick Mason on Houston roster

Houston Texans 2011 Headshots

HOUSTON, TX - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Jeff Maehl of the Houston Texans poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

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Unexpectedly, the Texans dumped receiver Derrick Mason on Monday. As expected, they’ve promoted former Oregon wideout Jeff Maehl from the practice squad.

Maehl, who caught 77 passes in 2010, was regarded by Tony Dungy of NBC’s Football Night In America as one of the most intriguing players after the lockout. That’s high praise, and it could mean that the Texans soon will be enjoying significant contributions from Maehl.

The Texans filled Maehl’s position on the practice squad with receiver Juaquin Iglesias.