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Top Joel Heath News

  • Lions' Joel Heath: Returns to IR

    The Lions activated Heath (knee) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, per the NFL's official transaction report.

    Heath landed on the COVID list due to a positive test, but as he was already out due to a torn ACL suffered during OTAs, the transactions have essentially been formalities. He can now return to team facilities.

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  • Lions' Joel Heath: Moves to COVID list

    Heath (knee) was moved from IR to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports, which was a result of testing positive for the virus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

    Heath suffered a torn ACL during OTAs in May and was placed on IR. Still working toward a return in 2022, Heath will not be able to rehab at Lions' facilities until he is able to clear protocols.

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  • Lions' Joel Heath: Hits injured reserve

    The Lions placed Heath (knee) on injured reserve Thursday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

    Heath stands to spend the entire 2021 campaign on IR after suffering a torn ACL during a recent OTA session. The veteran defensive lineman will focus on returning to full health for 2022.

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  • Lions' Joel Heath: Out for the year

    Heath suffered a torn ACL during Tuesday's OTA session and has been ruled out for the 2021 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    After opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns related to COVID-19, Heath will be nearly three years removed from NFL action before he returns from knee surgery in 2022. The 27-year-old was expected to compete for a depth role along Detroit's defensive line.

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  • Lions' Joel Heath: Lands future deal

    The Lions signed Heath to a reserve/future contract Thursday.

    Heath opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns and was cut by the Broncos early February. He'll now get a chance to stick with Detroit, where he stands to spend the offseason competing for a depth defensive end role.

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  • Joel Heath: Waived by Broncos

    Heath was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

    Heath opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and will now enter the free agent market after the Broncos decided to part ways with the defensive end.

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  • Broncos' Joel Heath: Opts out of 2020 season

    Heath was placed on the Broncos/ reserve/Opt-Out list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Heath previously had been cut by the Broncos, so his decision to opt out led to his reinstatement to the team's roster and placement on the reserve list. The 27-year-old appeared in two games with the Texans in 2019.

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  • Joel Heath: Let go by Denver

    The Broncos released Heath on Monday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    Heath joined the Broncos as a waiver claim back in December and re-signed with the team in March, but he won't be making the trip to training camp. The 27-year-old was expected to serve as a reserve option along the Denver defensive line.

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  • Broncos' Joel Heath: Staying in Denver

    Heath has re-signed with the Broncos, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Heath spent his first four seasons with the Texans but he was let go prior to the playoffs last season. He was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Broncos. While Denver did not tender the 26-year-old entering free agency, he will now have a chance to earn a role on their 53-man roster.

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  • Broncos' Joel Heath: Nabbed off waivers

    The Broncos claimed Heath off waivers via the Texans on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    The 26-year-old appeared in just two games this year with the Texans, seeing a total of 36 defensive snaps. The Broncos had three defensive ends land on injured reserve during the year, so Heath will shore up some depth at the position heading into the offseason.

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  • Joel Heath: Cut by Texans

    The Texans waived Heath on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Heath was a healthy scratch for the last two games, and he's only suited up for the Texans twice this year, logging 36 defensive snaps and zero tackles. The Texans still have four defensive ends remaining.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Re-signs with Houston

    Heath was signed by the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Heath had signed with Houston earlier in the month, then was released Thursday before re-signing after clearing waivers Friday. He is a one-time starter for Houston and knows the system, so he should fit in quickly.

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  • Joel Heath: Waived by Houston

    Heath was waived by the Texans on Thursday.

    Heath had to be let go as a result of the Texans signing Jonathan Owens off the practice squad. The 26-year-old's stay in Houston was a short one as he was only signed prior to Week 11. He has yet to appear in an NFL game this season.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Out Week 11

    Heath (coach's decision) carries an inactive designation into Sunday's matchup with the Ravens.

    Heath only signed with the Texans earlier this week, meaning he may still be unfamiliar with some of the team's defensive schemes. Angelo Blackson and Brandon Dunn figure to get starts at defensive end with J.J. Watt (pectoral) out for the remainder of the season.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Returning to Houston

    Heath signed a contract with the Texans on Monday.

    Heath was waived ahead of Week 1, but he's now being brought back at the expense of offensive lineman Dan Skipper. Heath will look to provide depth on a team scrambling to replace J.J. Watt (pectoral).

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  • Joel Heath: Let go by Texans

    The Texans released Heath on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    This was a surprising move by the Texans, especially since they traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks. However, it signals they have faith in Angelo Blackson to fill the role opposite J.J. Watt. Heath is just 26 years old, so expect another franchise to pick him up for added depth on the defensive front.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Re-ups with Houston

    Heath signed a one-year contract with the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Heath made two tackles across five games with the Texans last season while playing a limited role on special teams. The 25-year-old will supply Houston's defensive line with depth in 2019.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Musters two tackles Saturday

    Health (undisclosed) made two tackles and one pass breakup during Saturday's 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams.

    Heath is competing against Christian Covington for the No. 1 DE job. If Heath falls short, he will be used in a rotational setting similar to last season, when he made 24 tackles and one sack.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Sits out beginning of OTAs

    Heath (undisclosed) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    It's not certain what's bothering Heath, as he was healthy for the final seven games of 2017. Heath has worked as a depth lineman for the past two years, but he is slated to start opposite J.J. Watt on the Texans' defensive front in 2018.

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  • Texans' Joel Heath: Won't carry injury designation

    Heath (knee, illness) will not carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Ravens.

    Heath has been battling the knee injury for a few weeks, but it appears the undisclosed illness is what kept him sidelined at Friday's practice. Regardless, the 24-year-old appears ready to go for a depleted Texans' front seven that needs as much help as it can get.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 302 lbs
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Age: 28
School: Michigan State
Experience: 5