Former Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston told the Austin American-Statesman that his release this month was a mutual decision designed to help him get healthy for the fall.

Houston suffered a toe injury when someone stepped on his foot during a December loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He underwent surgery in May to relieve pressure caused by a genetic condition that has been an off-and-on issue since high school.

He told the paper that he expects to be cleared by August or September, and his agent, Jonathan Feinsod, told the Free Press last week that Houston should make “a full recovery and (play) football again this year.”

The Lions released Houston in part because they feared he wouldn’t return to form after the surgery and could require another procedure that would be detrimental to his career in the coming months.