On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 5:00PM CDT Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light Texans fans who are in need of a football fix are invited to come out to the 2014 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light on Thursday, May 8 at Reliant Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2014 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m.

News

Print
RSS

Punter Shane Lechler hospitalized with flu

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Shane Lechler has the flu, but should be able to punt on Sunday against the Raiders.

Shane Lechler and the Texans are set to face his old team on Sunday, but first he'll have to battle through a nasty case of the flu. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday that the punter has spent the last couple days in the hospital because of the illness.

“He’s doing better this afternoon," Kubiak said. "He will stay tonight and he’s expected to be released tomorrow."

Lechler spent the first 13 years of his NFL career with Oakland, and earlier in the week spoke about playing against his former team. Despite the flu, Kubiak is fairly confident Lechler will punt on Sunday at noon.

"You may not see him here all week," Kubiak said. "He sent word to me today, ‘Hey, I’ll definitely be there to do my job.’ I think he’ll be OK.”

So far in 2013, Lechler is averaging 48.7 yards per punt. He eclipsed the 50,000 yard mark for his career during Sunday's loss at Arizona.

If he were unable to punt, Kubiak said kicker Randy Bullock was capable of subbing in. Lechler is also the holder on extra points and field goals. Quarterback Matt Schaub would likely hold if Lechler is out versus the Raiders.

Twitter.com/DoughertyDrew

Recent News

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.