- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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It sure felt like rookie Randy Bullock was going to be the Texans kicker.
The team spent a fifth-round pick on him and he’d done fine in the preseason.
But he was the reason Gary Kubiak was in a bad mood when he met with the Houston media Sunday.
“We lost Randy, Randy is going on IR [injured reserve],” Kubiak said. “I just found out 15 minutes ago. He has torn a muscle somewhere in the groin area. I don’t know all the specifics. Obviously, it’s going to be a long process back, so it’s been a disappointing last half-hour for me and for us to find this out. It had been bothering him for a couple of weeks and he continued to kick through it.
“He’s very tough and he kicked very well last night. He came in here today, black and blue. We ran some tests on him and so it’s a sad situation. He’s going to kick in this league. He’s going to kick a long time. He’s going to go on IR this year and thankfully we’ve got Shayne (Graham), who has done a hell of a job, too. He was pushing him neck-and-neck to kick for us. It’s a tough deal.”
Graham hasn’t missed a preseason attempt, including a 53-yarder Saturday night in New Orleans.
“He’s kicked off well for us,” Kubiak said. “He’s a guy who throughout the course of his career has been a very, very accurate kicker inside of 40. He’s done a heck of a job. Like I said, it was right down the middle between those two guys. I think we would’ve been proud with either one of them. I think this situation obviously calls for Shayne to move forward and be our guy. We expect him to do well.”
If he doesn’t and no one else has scooped them up, there should be at least two solid veteran alternatives to consider.