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Shane Lechler: "I'm feeling better"

Shane Lechler hasn't missed a game since 2002.

"I've had multiple things happen in 15 years," Lechler said Thursday. "Stuff happens. Yeah, I fall through it and I've played the next week."

Head coach Bill O'Brien has said Lechler will be day-to-day and his playing status for Week 4 is yet to be determined. Lechler was injured following a blocked punt in the fourth quarter of the Texans 30-17 loss to the New York Giants.

The 37-year-old veteran did not practice on Wednesday but hopes he will be able to go for Sunday's game against Buffalo.

"I'm feeling better, doing mostly what I can to do better," Lechler said.

If Lechler can't go, the Texans may have to activate practice squad punter Chris Boswell. Boswell, a product of Rice University, spent training camp and preseason with the Texans before being released.

"You always want him on the field," Andre Johnson said of Lechler. "When he's playing, you don't even worry about it because you know he's going to hit a bomb. I don't really watch kicks but when he goes to punt, sometimes I get up and watch him. We would love to have him out there but unfortunately, with what he's going through, he'll be back."

In his 15-year NFL career, Lechler has missed just two games. The six-time All-Pro punter missed the start of the 2002 season with a quad injury while he was with the Oakland Raiders. Lechler, in this third season, went on to punt in Super Bowl XXXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with two of his five punts landing inside the 20-yard line.

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