In Gado the Texans trust

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers traded running back Samkon Gado to the Houston Texans on Wednesday for another young running back, Vernand Morency.

The Texans announced the move on their Web site.

Gado was one of the few bright spots in the Packers’ 4-12 season last year, advancing from the practice squad to become the team’s starting running back near the end of the season. But Gado has struggled to adjust to the zone-blocking scheme being run by new Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Season-ending injuries to running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport gave Gado, who started just two games in four seasons at Division I-AA Liberty University, an improbable chance to start for the Packers last year.

In eight games, including five starts, he gained 582 yards on 143 carries and scored six touchdowns.

Gado also brought an infectious sense of optimism into an otherwise downtrodden locker room. Gado, who worked at a Green Bay hospital in the off season, hopes to become a doctor after his football career is over and return to his native Nigeria to help fight the AIDS crisis in Africa.

With the trade, Gado will be reunited with former Packers coach Mike Sherman, who was hired as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Texans after he was fired by the Packers.

Gado was in the middle of an interview session in the Packers locker room on Wednesday when running backs coach Edgar Bennett summoned him to a private meeting.

Gado had just been asked whether the Packers could recover from a 26-0 defeat by the Chicago Bears in their season opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

“The season’s not over yet,” Gado said. “It’s just beginning. And we got off on the wrong foot, and I think it’s just foolhardy to just go ahead and throw the whole season out.”

Morency was a third-round pick in last year’s draft. He played in 13 games, including a start in the season finale at San Francisco, and gained 184 yards on 46 carries with two touchdowns.

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