The first time I heard this today I dismissed it. But I just heard the following from one other person who would know.
Former TCU defensive end and the recently "retired" Aaron Schobel of the Buffalo Bills has not ruled out playing this season for the Houston Texans.
A native of Columbus, Texas, Schobel has played for the Bills since he entered the NFL in 2001. But TCU people who know Schobel well said the toll of the game plus the struggles of the Bills forced him to retire. It was widely assumed that if he decided to return it would be for a team close to his home in Columbus; Houston made the most sense.
These same people said the Texans have been rather persistent in their pursuit, and he has told them he would let them know on Monday if he will play again.
He was officially released by the Bills back in early August, thus making him a free agent. Since NFL rosters had to be trimmed to 53, the Texans would have to create a spot for Schobel should he decide to play. The NFL regular season begins next weekend.
Schobel, 32, was a second round pick of the Bills out of TCU. He has been to two Pro Bowls, and has 78 career sacks.
- Mac Engel