Texans cut veteran linebacker christian kirseyreports Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.
Kirksey missed all of training camp with a strained hamstring.
His release will save the team $5.2 million.
Texans have Denzel Perryman at middle linebacker after signing a one-year deal worth up to $2.6 million this offseason. Perryman made the Pro Bowl with the Raiders in 2021.
Kirksey spent two seasons with the Texans, playing in 30 games with 29 starts. He totaled 217 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
He was in Cleveland for six seasons after being selected in the third round by the Browns and with the Packers in 2020.