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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Enters free agency

    Nelson (concussion) recorded 63 tackles, 12 passes defensed and four interceptions over 17 regular season games in 2023. Nelson had a contentious offseason with the front office, held out of OTAs, eventually signed a reworked deal, and was named a team captain. The cornerback then played through several nagging injuries to complete a full 17-game season and had a pick-six in the Texans' postseason win over the Browns. He earned a reputation as a leader and one of the hardest workers on defense. Nelson, who turned 31 in January, enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and will want to be paid. It's unlikely Houston general manager Nick Caserio will want to pay what Nelson feels he deserves.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Getting checked for concussion

    Nelson is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Saturday's divisional-round contest against the Ravens. Nelson sustained the head injury in the third quarter. After being tended to by trainers, he walked to the medical tent before heading to the locker room. Nelson had seven tackles (six solo) before exiting Saturday's game.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Initiates blowout playoff win

    Nelson had five tackles, three passes defensed and an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday's 45-14 wild-card playoff win over Cleveland. After a back-and-forth first half, the Browns were driving to pull closer on their first possession of the third quarter, but Nelson's pick-six extended Houston's lead to three scores. He was aided greatly by defensive end Derek Barnett, who impacted Joe Flacco's throw. The interception was Nelson's fifth since the start of the regular season and the first of his career in the postseason.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Playing Sunday

    Nelson (foot/hamstring/hand) is active ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports. Despite being held out of practice all week with a plethora of injuries, the veteran cornerback is suiting up in Week 17. Nelson has been an integral part of the Texans' secondary thus far, appearing in 15 games and recording 59 total tackles, 11 pass deflections and four interceptions.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Returns against Cleveland

    Nelson has returned to Sunday's game against the Browns, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports. Nelson briefly exited Sunday's contest with a foot injury, but it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out for the rest of the game.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Questionable to return

    Nelson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Browns with a foot injury. Ka'dar Hollman replaced Nelson at left cornerback. Nelson did not record a stat before leaving the game. The veteran has 53 tackles, 11 passes defensed and four interceptions in 2023.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Added to injury report

    Nelson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans with a wrist injury. The cornerback was a late addition to the Week 15 injury report with the wrist issue, and his status won't be clarified until Houston releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Nelson has played in all 13 games this season, recording 51 tackles, nine pass breakups and three interceptions.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Will play Sunday

    Nelson (back) is active Sunday against the Bengals. Nelson was unable to log even a limited practice this week, but he'll take the field Sunday despite that. His ability to suit up should be good news for Houston's secondary.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Contract restructured

    Nelson (back) agreed Friday to restructure his contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Nelson's restructure saves Houston roughly $1.1 million in salary cap space, and his new deal includes four voidable years. The starting cornerback is dealing with a back injury, so Friday's official practice report will reveal whether he has an injury designation for Sunday's road matchup against the Bengals.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Seals the deal

    Nelson recorded six tackles and an interception in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Saints in Week 3. Nelson overcame a rough start to the game when he squelched New Orleans' final drive with a red-zone interception on fourth down. It was his third pick of the season. Prior to that, Nelson was part of the coverage that allowed a 34-yard touchdown pass, then was torched for a 51-yard catch by Rashid Shaheed. For the game, Nelson allowed a season-worst 110 yards and 22.0 yards per reception, per Pro Football Focus. Despite the down day, Nelson is tied for 20th in coverage rankings among cornerbacks.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Thwarts drive in red zone

    Nelson had an interception and recorded two tackles in Sunday's 25-9 loss to Baltimore. Nelson thwarted the Ravens' second drive, which reached Houston's 16-yard line before Nelson undercut a Zay Flowers crossing route and picked off Lamar Jackson. It was the 10th career pick for Nelson, and it came during his 100th career NFL game. The nine-year veteran should be a happy camper after the Texans upgraded his contract at the start of training camp with a maximum value of $6.5 million.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Won't play Sunday

    Nelson (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against Kansas City. Nelson didn't practice at all during Week 15 prep due to a foot injury that knocked him out of Houston's Week 14 loss to Dallas. Derek Stingley (hamstring) is also out, leaving Tavierre Thomas, Desmond King and Tremon Smith as the top cornerbacks against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's high-powered offense.
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  • Texans' Steven Nelson: Injured during first half

    Nelson (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports. Nelson did not log a statistic before exiting in the first half. The eighth-year cornerback recorded 47 tackles, one sack, seven passes defended and a pick while playing almost every defensive snap over the first 12 games of the season. With Derek Stingley already inactive due to a hamstring injury, Tavierre Thomas, Desmond King and Tremon Smith will serve as the Texans' only available cornerbacks.
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  • Eagles' Steven Nelson: Gets night off

    Nelson (coach's decision) is inactive Saturday against the Cowboys. Nelson will get the night off along with Darius Slay at the corner position. With Avonte Maddox also out due to COVID, the Eagles will be deploying their depth in the secondary against the Cowboys.
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  • Eagles' Steven Nelson: Won't return Sunday

    Nelson (shoulder) will not return to Sunday's game against the Jets. Nelson exited with the shoulder issue in the first half and spent time in the medical tent. He's been ruled out since, though the exact nature of his injury remains unclear. Positively, Nelson will have the team's upcoming bye in Week 14 to rest before attempting to return for a Week 15 matchup against Washington.
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  • Eagles' Steven Nelson: Dealing with shoulder injury

    Nelson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jets. Nelson was spotted in the medical tent after suffering the injury, but he has since returned to the bench, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Prior to the injury, Nelson had not recorded any stats.
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  • Eagles' Steven Nelson: Links up with Philly

    Nelson signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Eagles on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. The 28-year-old was cut by the Steelers in late March, and he was able to latch on with a new team right before the start of training camp. Nelson started all 15 games for Pittsburgh last season and should compete for a starting spot with Avonte Maddox opposite top cornerback Darius Slay in Philadelphia.
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  • Steelers' Steven Nelson: Given OK to seek trade

    The Steelers have given Nelson permission to seek a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Nelson is considered one of the league's more reliable cornerbacks, and the 28-year-old is coming off three consecutive years with at least 15 appearances, so he's also been durable. He'll carry an $8.25 million base salary for 2021, the final season of his three-year deal. Of course, if Nelson does get traded, his next team could work out an extension or contract restructure.
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  • Steelers' Steven Nelson: Takes full practice reps

    Nelson (knee) returned to full participation in practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Having improved from limited involvement during Wednesday's practice session, the 27-year-old cornerback is seemingly in the clear for his 16th appearance of the season Sunday night versus Cleveland. Nelson has recorded two interceptions and nine pass breakups for the Steelers this season. However, the seven touchdown passes he's surrendered in coverage are more than the five combined TDs he allowed between 2018 and 2019 over 189 targets.
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  • Steelers' Steven Nelson: Limited to start week

    Nelson (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Nelson has dealt with some knee issues this season, but he'll likely do everything in his power to be available for Sunday's wild-card round matchup with the Browns. Barring a setback in practice this week, the starting cornerback should be able to play, as he hasn't missed any game action since sitting out Week 13.
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