Texans head coach Gary Kubiak announced on Sunday that rookie kicker Randy Bullock, fifth-round pick from Texas A&M, will go on injured reserve, which means he will miss the entire season.
Bullock has a torn muscle in his groin area.
Shayne Graham, who is heading into his 12th season in the NFL, will be the Texans kicker.
"You know what guys, I'm not in a good mood today and that's the number one reason," Kubiak said. We lost Randy.
"Randy is going on IR. I just found out 15 minutes ago. He has torn a muscle somewhere in the groin area. I do not know all of the specifics.
"Obviously it's going to be a long process back. It's been a disappointing last half hour for me, for us to find this out.
Kubiak said Bullock reported to work Sunday morning with the area in-"question black and blue and he could not lift his leg.
"It had been bothering him for a couple of weeks," Kubiak said. "He continued to kick through it. He's very tough. He kicked very well last night.
"Came in here today black and blue. We just ran some tests on him. A sad situation. He's going to kick in this league. He's going to kick a long time. He's going to go on IR.
Brought into to give Bullock some competition, Graham did that and more.
"Thankfully, we have Shayne who has done a heck of a job, who was pushing him neck-and-neck to be here and kick for us," Kubiak said.
Graham has made all five of his field goal attempts during preseason.
His longest was from 53 yards Saturday night in New Orleans.