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“We’ve got some rebuilding to do inside with some issues and we’ve got some special teams issues,” Kubiak said. “So the moves that we make have got to be special teams-oriented to help (special teams coach) Joe (Marciano).”

Players wouldn’t discuss why the three were dismissed from the team, but said they agreed with Kubiak’s decision.

“It’s a shame,” linebacker Brooks Reed said. “But it’s for the betterment of the team.”

Another issue for the Texans is the health of quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub struggled this season before missing last week’s game with ankle and foot injuries.

Former third-stringer Case Keenum got the start on Sunday in his first NFL game. He performed well for most of the game before a fumble late in the fourth quarter sealed Houston’s loss.

Kubiak was cagey when asked if Schaub would start after the bye if he’s healthy.

“I’ve got to sit down and look at our situation and what’s going on right now,” he said. “Obviously Matt’s our starting quarterback, Case played this week because Matt wasn’t healthy. Case went in and played extremely well. I’m going to sit down on our bye week and evaluate where we’re at as a team and move forward from there.”

But he did rave about Keenum’s performance against the undefeated Chiefs.

“To go in Kansas City in that environment and that noise and handle the football team the way he handled it I thought was impressive,” Kubiak said.

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