Signed by Houston Texans as non-drafted free agent, May 4, 2006…Waived by Texans, Aug. 28, 2006…Re-signed by Texans to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2006…Released from practice squad, Oct. 9, 2006…Resigned by Texans to practice squad, Oct. 24, 2006…Re-signed by Texans as reserve/future free agent, Jan. 1, 2007…Allocated to NFLEL, Jan. 8, 2007…Waived by Texans, Sept. 1, 2007…Re-signed by Texans to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2007…Signed by Texans to active roster, Dec. 4, 2007…Placed on reserve/injured (foot), Oct. 14, 2009…Re-signed by Texans as restricted free agent, July 31, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 17, 2012.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Veteran in the trenches, now enters his third season with the Raiders after playing in 50 games and 47 starts in five-plus seasons with the Houston Texans…Has started 30 games over the last two years for Oakland…Blocked for three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, two by Arian Foster and another by Steve Slaton…Helped fellow undrafted free agent Foster lead the league with 1,616 rushing yards in 2010…Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team in 2008 and 2011.
2013: Started 15 games at RG, helping the team finish 12th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (125.0) and sixth in yards per rush (4.6)…9/8) at Ind.: Started at RG and helped lead the way for an offense that posted 171 rushing yards, including 112 by QB Terrelle Pryor, a franchise record for quarterbacks...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Started at RG and helped lead the offense to 226 rushing yards, the team’s highest total since 9/25/11…(9/29) vs. Was.: Started at RG and helped QB Matt Flynn throw for 227 yards and a TD...(10/6) vs SD: Started at RG and helped pave the way for Pryor to throw for 221 yards and 2 TDs...(10/13) vs. KC: Started at RG, but was forced to play center due to an injury to the starter, G/C Andre Gurode...Marked the first time he had played center since 2007 with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe...(10/28) vs. Pit.: Started at RG and helped pave the way for Pryor to rush for 106 yards in the victory…Pryor’s 93-yard TD run in the first quarter set an NFL record for longest TD run by a quarterback...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Started at RG and helped the Raiders total 560 yards of total offense, the third-highest mark in franchise history...(11/17) at Hou.: Started at RG and blocked for QB Matt McGloin, who posted a 105.9 QB rating in his first career start...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Started at RG and helped the offense total 353 total yards, while the offensive line did not allow a sack...(11/28) at Dal.: Started at RG and was part of a line that did not allow a sack...Was forced to leave the game due to a knee injury...(12/8) at NYJ: Was inactive due to a knee injury...(12/15) vs. KC: Started at RG and was part of a line that did not allow a sack.
2012: Started the season’s first 15 games at right guard before an ankle injury sidelined him for the finale…(9/10) vs. SD: Started his Raiders debut, at RG…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Paved the way for RB Darren McFadden to post 113 rushing yards, including a 64-yard TD run in the first quarter…(10/14) at Atl.: Sustained a concussion midway through the second quarter, taking a knee to the head and did not return…(10/21) vs. Jac.: Passed all his tests to return to starting lineup in 26-23 overtime win, and provided a key block on QB Carson Palmer’s game-tying TD late in regulation….(10/28) at KC: In 26-16 win, helped McFadden to 114 rushing yards on a line that didn’t allow a sack…(11/18) vs. NO: Helped FB Marcel Reece to a season-high 103 rushing yards…(12/16) vs. KC: Held Chiefs without a sack for only the third time all year and helped pave path for 203 rushing yards, including 110 from McFadden, in 15-0 win…(12/23) at Car.: Left in the fourth quarter with a concussion and did not return…Also injured his ankle in the game…(12/30) at SD: Inactive with ankle injury.
2011 (with Hou.): Started 13 games, and two postseasons contests, in final season with the Texans…Named captain of the USA Today All-Joe Team, which honors unheralded players…Missed final three games of the regular season but returned to start both of Houston’s playoff contests…Helped Texans rank second in the NFL in rushing (150.0 avg.)…Blocked for RB Arian Foster, who ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,224 rushing yards…(9/11) vs. Ind.: Started season opener and paved the way for Ben Tate’s 116 yards on the ground in 34-7 win…(9/18) at Mia.: Helped Tate rush for 103 yards in 23-13 triumph…(9/25) at NO: Protected QB Matt Schaub, who threw for 373 yards and three TDs…(10/2) vs. Pit.: Cleared the way for Foster to rush for 155 yards and one TD in 17-10 victory…(10/23) at Ten.: Part of an offense that recorded 518 total yards, the third-highest total in team history…(11/6) vs. Cle.: Helped team rush for a franchise-record 261 yards, including two 100-yard rushers…(12/4) vs. Atl.: Paved way for Foster to rush for 111 yards on 31 carries, including the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter of important 17-10 win…Postseason: (1/7/12) at Cin.: Started AFC Wild Card game in postseason debut…Helped team earn franchise’s first-ever postseason victory…Helped Foster rush for 153 yards…(1/15/12) at Bal.: Started AFC Divisional playoff and assisted Foster to 132 yards, the highest rushing total ever allowed by Baltimore in a playoff contest.
2010 (with Hou.): Saw action in 12 games with nine starts…Helped Foster pace the NFL with 1,616 yards on the ground…(9/12) vs. Ind.: Paved the way for a franchise-record 231 rushing yards by Foster…(9/19) at Was.: Provided pocket protection to allow Schaub to pile up a franchise-record 497 passing yards, with three TDs…(9/26) vs. Dal.: Made first start of the season, at right guard…(10/3) at Oak.: Helped team rush for 249 yards and was part of a line that did not allow a sack…(11/28) vs. Ten.: Aided Foster’s 143-yard rushing performance…Placed on reserve/injured list with a shoulder injury on Dec. 15.
2009 (with Hou.): Started five games…(9/20) at Ten.: Helped Schaub set a career high with four TD passes…(9/27) vs. Jac.: Aided in Schaub’s second straight game with 300 passing yards…(10/11) at Ari.: Started 25th consecutive game…Blocked for Schaub’s season-high 371 passing yards and two TDs…Placed on reserve/injured list with shoulder injury on Oct. 14.
2008 (with Hou.): Started all 16 games…Named to USA Today All-Joe Team…Helped RB Steve Slaton lead all NFL rookies with 1,282 rushing yards…(9/28) at Jac.: Paved the way for Slaton to record his first career 100-yard rushing game…(11/16) at Ind.: Blocked for Slaton, who set a Texans rookie record with 156 rushing yards…(12/7) at GB: Efforts helped Schaub throw for 414 yards and two TDs…(12/14) vs. Ten.: Helped block for Slaton, who ran for his third consecutive 100-yard game.
2007 (with Hou.): Started his first four NFL games…(12/9) vs. TB: Made NFL debut and first career start…Played center in NFL Europe with the Hamburg Sea Devils.
2006 (with Hou.): In training camp with the Texans…Waived on Aug. 28 at the end of camp…Signed to practice squad on Sept. 4…Waived on Oct. 9.
COLLEGE: Played at Colorado State…Received second-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior…Started 26 career games, including final 11 of career…An All-Mountain West honorable-mention selection as a junior and sophomore…Started nine games as a freshman…Majored in agricultural business.
PERSONAL: Last name is pronounced bry-ZELL...Attended Fayetteville (Ark.) High School…Three-time letterwinner…Also earned two letters each in track and baseball…Named all-state, all-area, all-region and all-Arkansas as a senior…Served as team captain…Named one of top 50 juniors in the state after leading team to state semifinals…In November 2012, worked with kids at the Gatorade Junior Training Camp in San Leandro, Calif.
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