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Houston activates TE Ryan Griffin from injured reserve

Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) avoids the tackle of Denver Broncos defensive back Charles Mitchell (41) to run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) avoids the tackle of Denver Broncos defensive back Charles Mitchell (41) to run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) avoids the tackle of Denver Broncos defensive back Charles Mitchell (41) to run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Isaiah J. Downing USA TODAY Sports

Texans tight end Ryan Griffin, who has been out since spraining his medial collateral ligament Week 1, was activated from short-term injured reserve on Sunday in advance of Houston's Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a corresponding more, the Texans announced the release backup offensive lineman Eric Kush to make room for Griffin.

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Griffin's return once again gives Houston three tight ends on the roster. The three-year veteran will provide depth behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz.

The 25-year-old Griffin had one catch for 18 yards before being injured in Houston's season-opening loss to Kansas City.