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Lechler hospitalized with the flu

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When the Wednesday injury report showed that Texans punter Shane Lechler had missed practice with an illness, we shrugged.  Guys miss midweek practices all the time due to illness, especially during cold and flu season.

On Thursday, we stopped shrugging.  According to the Houston Chronicle, Lechler has been hospitalized with the flu.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he believes Lechler will be available for Sunday’s game against the Raiders, the team with which Lechler spent his first 13 NFL seasons.

But what if Lechler can’t play?  What will the Texans do, given that he’s the only punter on the roster?

“Go for it, I guess,” Kubiak said.

Ultimately, that could be the key to ending a seven-game losing streak.

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8 Responses to “Lechler hospitalized with the flu”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Any other Texans looking to get out, here’s your chance. Twitter is open today.

  2. notwithkubiak says: Nov 14, 2013 3:58 PM

    It’s not in Gary’s nature to “go for it.” I think I’ve only seen it 3-4 times in the 8 years he’s been here… his conservatism overrides all..

  3. steelerben says: Nov 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    Time for Schaub to get back on the field. He can punt right?

  4. masterblaster78 says: Nov 14, 2013 4:17 PM

    Shane, you won’t have got the flu if you stayed with the Raiders LOL. They Texans are lucky to have you. Future HOF punter. You may beat Ray Guy there.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    Shane will probably be out there, but he expects to have a really crappy day.

  6. medialovesthecowboys says: Nov 14, 2013 7:35 PM

    Haha atta boy Kubiak.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 5:12 AM

    All the best to you, Shane.

    From Raider Nation.

  8. dualprime says: Nov 15, 2013 11:47 AM

    masterblaster78 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 4:17 PM
    Shane, you won’t have got the flu if you stayed with the Raiders LOL. They Texans are lucky to have you. Future HOF punter. You may beat Ray Guy there.
    ================================
    He came to the Texans because he knew he would get to punt fairly often.

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