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Shane Lechler day-to-day, O'Brien discusses options

The Texans will be closely monitoring Shane Lechler's status this week, as well as keeping their options open, if he isn't healthy for Sunday's home game against Buffalo.

The six-time All-Pro punter suffered an injury during a blocked punt in the fourth quarter of the Texans 30-17 loss to the New York Giants.

"I would tell you that any of these guys that have what I would term soft tissue type injuries, whether it's hamstrings or hip flexors or quad strains or whatever it might be, every one of them is day-to-day," head coach Bill O'Brien said when asked about Lechler's status. "Every single morning we'll come in, we'll see how they're feeling and we'll list it on the injury report as what basically they tell us. And usually with all of these guys that are under that category of soft tissue injury, it will be day-to-day."

Lechler, a 15-year veteran, walked off the field after the injury and was able to return as the holder for the extra point following Ryan Fitzpatrick's one-yard touchdown run.

As for his punting duties, Lechler's status for Week 4 against Buffalo is unknown. With Lechler as the lone punter on the Texans roster, O'Brien has several options to consider.

"Maybe you bring some guys in to take a look at in a work out, maybe you have someone on your team that's done it in the past that can do it," O'Brien said. "But we're not at that stage yet where we have to decide it because Shane being the pro that he is, he's going to let us know how he feels and what he can do."

Lechler had four punts for 205 yards, averaging 51.3 yards in addition to the blocked punt. The former East Bernard quarterback also completed his first pass as a Texan, a 10-yard pass to Alfred Blue on a fake punt in the first quarter.

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