Texans sign DE Anderson, waive DE Denney

The Houston Texans signed defensive end Mark Anderson and waived

defensive end Ryan Denney.

Anderson was cut by Chicago on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound

lineman had 12 sacks as a rookie in 2006, helping the Bears reach

the Super Bowl. He had only nine sacks over the next three seasons

and has none this year.

The Texans signed Denney as a free agent after backup defensive

end Connor Barwin broke his ankle in the season opener. Denney was

inactive for last week’s game against Oakland.

Houston has been looking for a defensive end to complement

All-Pro Mario Williams, who has five of the team’s nine sacks this

season.