Houston Texans Injury Report: Shane Lechler Hospitalized

"The flu? I'll kick it." - photo credit - Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Texans' Punter Shane Lechler has been hospitalized this week with the flu, but expects to play.

The former Raiders' star punter, now a team MVP candidate for the Texans, has been battling a nasty case of the flu all week. He spent the last two days in the hospital, but he fully expects to play against his former team on Sunday. The Mothership's Drew Dougherty broke the news late yesterday.

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

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

Lechler has averaged 48.7 yards per punt this season, and broke the career 50,000 yard barrier in last week's game against Arizona. He has been one of the rare bright spots for the Texans this year.

Let's hope he is released today as planned and is able to be on the field in Reliant this Sunday. If Shane is unable to play, Randy Bullock will punt for your Houston Texans, and Matt Schaub will possibly be the holder for field goals. As difficult as this season has been already, I don't think any of us are ready to see Joe Marciano's Special Teams fall even further into the abyss.

11/14 Update on Injury Status:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

TE Ryan Griffin - Concussion
CB Kareem Jackson - Chest
P Shane Lechler - Illness
CB Elbert Mack - Hamstring/Groin
ILB Joe Mays - Knee/Abdomen
ILB Mike Mohamed - Hamstring

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

ILB Darryl Sharpton - Foot/Toe
G Wade Smith - Knee
RB Ben Tate - Ribs

The complete injury report can be found by clicking HERE to go to the Houston Texans' main website, which also includes the Raiders injury report as of 11/14/2013.

Raiders vs Texans coverage

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Battle Red Blog

You must be a member of Battle Red Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Battle Red Blog. You should read them.

Join Battle Red Blog

You must be a member of Battle Red Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Battle Red Blog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker