Mallett was released by the team Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of the Texans' plans. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.
That wraps up a tumultuous few days in Houston that included Mallett missing his team's charter flight for the game. Mallett subsequently blamed some Houston traffic -- which the Chronicle says was non-existent -- for his absence. Mallett also was late for a practice during training camp when he said his alarm clock broke.
The Mallett era will not be looked back upon fondly. The Texans acquired the former New England Patriots for practically nothing in a trade last season. He started two games for the team last season before tearing his pectoral muscle. Mallett was beat out by Brian Hoyer for the starting job this season, but took over for Hoyer late in the team's ugly Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Tom Savage is next up on the depth chart.