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Top Christian Kirksey News

  • Christian Kirksey: Wraps up career

    Kirksey (hamstring) announced Thursday that he has decided to retire from the NFL, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Kirksey, who was on Buffalo's practice squad, will hang up the cleats after nine seasons in the NFL. The 2014 third-round pick played for the Browns from 2014-19 and also spent time with the Packers and Texans. To fill his spot, the Bills are signing A.J. Klein to the practice squad.

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  • Christian Kirksey: Lands on Bills practice squad

    Kirskey (hamstring) signed with the Bills' practice squad Wednesday.

    Kirskey was unable to secure a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster following training camp. He was hampered by a hamstring injury for the majority of camp, which may have played a factor in that decision. The veteran tackle collector has a lengthy history of IDP value, so he could become valuable as the season progresses should the Bills get thinned out at linebacker.

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  • Christian Kirksey: Released by Houston

    The Texans are releasing Kirksey (hamstring) on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Kirksey has a lengthy history of IDP value, including last season when he piled up 124 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a 17-game starter for Houston. His release isn't a total shock, as the Texans have decent linebacker depth and stand to save at least a few million dollars with the move. Kirksey turns 31 on Thursday and should get calls from other teams soon enough.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Out a couple weeks

    Kirksey (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for a couple weeks, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    It looks like the Texans are going to err on the side of caution with their starting outside linebacker in order to avoid a lingering issue heading into the season. In Kirksey's absence, Henry To'oTo'o has been receiving first-team reps. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he should still be on track for Week 1.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Misses time due to hamstring

    Kirksey has been sidelined the last few days due to a hamstring injury, Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 Houston reports.

    Kirksey has been replaced by rookie Henry To'oTo'o on the first-team defense. Kirksey is expected to return as the Texans' starting middle linebacker.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Hits triple digits

    Kirksey had five tackles, an interception and one pass defensed in a 32-31 win over Indianapolis in Week 18.

    Kirksey rewarded the organization that signed him to a two-year deal prior to the season with his first triple-digit tackle count in nine NFL seasons. His 124 stops ranked third on the team. Kirksey also recorded two interceptions and a recovered fumble. The starting middle linebacker should return in 2023, although there could be changes to the defensive alignment with a new coaching regime.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Makes six stops Week 16

    Kirksey recorded six tackles (all solo) in Saturday's 19-14 victory against the Titans.

    Kirksey finished tied for second on Houston in tackles, though his six stops were his fewest since Week 8. The veteran linebacker has racked up 113 tackles on the campaign, his most since he totaled 138 stops for Cleveland in 2017.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Posts another productive stat line

    Kirksey logged 11 tackles (nine solo), including one sack, in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

    Kirksey set a new season high in tackles for the second week in a row, posting a combined 21 tackles over this span. The 30-year-old middle linebacker also increased his season sack total to three, and he'll need just one more sack to post a new career high in this category. Kirksey has taken on a massively productive role in Houston's leaky defense this season, so he'll likely play a major factor in the team's attempt to slow down Titans running back Derrick Henry in Week 16.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Collects season-high 10 stops

    Kirksey recorded 10 tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed during Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Cowboys.

    Kirksey was one of two Houston players to never leave the field when the team was on defense this past weekend against Dallas, while he also logged a season high 10 stops in the contest. The veteran linebacker has now racked up 96 tackles so far this season, and he'll now look to keep his productivity on the rise when the Texans host the Chiefs on Sunday.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Seven tackles Week 13

    Kirksey compiled seven tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Browns.

    Kirksey finished with the Texans' second-highest tackle tally behind rookie safety Jalen Pitre, who posted a career-high 16 stops. The veteran linebacker has now posted at least seven tackles in all but two of Houston's 12 games, and he's also played all of the team's defensive snaps over the last four weeks. Kirksey should have plenty of opportunities to increase his tackle total against the Cowboys' prolific rushing offense Week 14.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Notches seven tackles

    Kirksey logged seven tackles (five solo), including one sack, in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.

    Kirksey notched his first solo sack of the season, bringing down Miami signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter. The linebacker also tied safety Jalen Pitre for a team high in tackles against the Dolphins' prolific passing offense. Kirksey has now played every defensive snap in eight of his 11 games this season, and, barring injury, he should finish with his highest tackle total since the 2017 campaign.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Achieves milestone

    Kirksey recorded seven tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Washington in Week 11.

    Kirksey entered the contest with 698 career tackles and recorded his 700th early in the first quarter. With that, he became the 186th player in NFL history to achieve that mark. Kirksey is second among Texans defenders with 72 stops and has one sack over 10 games.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Staying consistent in 2022

    Kirksey had eight tackles (three solo) and a half-sack in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Giants.

    Kirksey has been remarkably consistent, notching between six and nine tackles in all but one game and five in the remaining contest. He also had a half-sack against the Broncos in Week 2, but the veteran linebacker rarely gets to the quarterback.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Seven stops Thursday

    Kirksey recorded seven tackles and one tackle for a loss in Thursday's 29-17 loss to the Eagles.

    Kirksey was on the field for 87 percent of defensive snaps and tallied at least seven tackles for the fifth time in eight games this season. In total, he has 57 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two passes defended and an interception on the campaign.

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  • Texans' Christian Kirksey: Posts nine stops in loss

    Kirksey notched nine tackles (eight solo), including one for loss, during Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Raiders.

    Kirksey tied his season high with nine stops, which he set during the season opener, and finished one tackle short of the team lead behind Jonathan Owens. Across six appearances, the veteran linebacker has totaled 44 stops, two pass defenses, one interception and half a sack.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 235 lbs
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Age: 31
School: Iowa
Experience: 10