A starter has emerged at the kicker position for the Houston Texans entering the 2012 season.
Rookie Randy Bullock will be placed on IR with a torn groin muscle after injuring the muscle earlier in camp and consequently missing some practice.
Coach Gary Kubiak said that was the reason Bullock didn’t have the length on kickoffs that the Texans had expected when they selected him late in the fifth round (161st overall) this past April out of Texas A&M.
“He came in today, and [the groin area] was black and blue,” Kubiak said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. ”He couldn’t even lift a leg. I’m really disappointed for the kid because he had kicked very well. But I’m also happy for Shayne [Graham] because he’s done a great job.”
Albeit he had kicked well this preseason for Houston — making all five field goal attempts, including efforts from 48, 49 and 53 yards out with solid distance on kickoffs — Shayne Graham won the starting position by default.
He enters his 12th season in the league. Graham, 34, has made the Pro Bowl with the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s also spent short stints with the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
In other words, he’s got a leg up on Terrell Owens in the pursuit of being the first player to play for all 32 teams in the league.
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