Hamilton was signed to Houston's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans are feeling the effect of injuries at wide receiver and are thin at the position. Hamilton played 11 games for the Steelers in 2016, catching 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
Hamilton hauled in both of his targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Hamilton was responsible for this game's two longest plays, catching a 44-yard deep ball and a 28-yard touchdown from quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the second quarter. This was a good start, but he'll need to impress further if he wants to earn consistent playing time in Pittsburgh's deep receiving corps.
Hamilton is set to rejoin the Steelers after beginning the season as a free agent. He finished the regular season with 17 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added another score in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots. Although he made the most of his limited opportunities, Hamilton is far from a lock to have a significant role in the upcoming season as he'll have to battle Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates for targets behind Antonio Brown. There's also the potential added competition should the Steelers add a wide receiver in the draft.
Hamilton's score came in the final minutes, with the outcome of the game already decided. He had another touchdown called back earlier for an illegal touch penalty after stepping out of the end zone before making the catch.
Hamilton was targeted four times, the last being a lob pass from Landry Jones for a score to win in overtime. He finishes the regular season with 17 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns, the first coming in Week 6 against Miami, who the Steelers will host in the Wild Card playoff game.
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|