Inside linebacker became a major concern for the Texans last season as a cascade of injuries befell the position down the stretch.

On Wednesday, the Texans retained an inside linebacker who first stepped in because of an injury, then was placed on injured reserve in January.

Tim Dobbins agreed to a one-year contract with the Texans. The deal is worth around $1 million with guarantees of just over $360,000.

Dobbins was a special-teams captain for the Texans last season. He played in 14 games and had 43 tackles, an interception and four fumble recoveries. He started six games, most of them after starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Dobbins made a season-high seven tackles during a Sunday night game against the Chicago Bears. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards in that game.

Perhaps his most infamous play of the season came on a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler suffered a concussion as a result of the hit but continued to play in the game. Dobbins was later fined for the play despite his insistence he never intended to hit Cutler in the head area.