HOUSTON - MAY 21: Kicker Randy Bullock #4 of the Houston Texans during first day of OTA's on May 21, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Rookie kicker Randy Bullock will miss the 2012 season with a torn groin muscle.
Randy Bullock and Shayne Graham were competing for the kicking job for the Houston Texans, but it appears as if Graham has won by default. The veteran kicker saw his rookie competition fall victim to a groin injury that will end his season prematurely:
Gary Kubiak said Sunday that Bullock was "black and blue" and barely could lift his right leg when he came in for treatment following Saturday's game in New Orleans. He will go on injured reserve.
Bullock was a fifth round election in April's NFL Draft that was 3 for 4 on field goals this preseason. Graham has been 5 for 5 and is a steady veteran kicker with an 85.9% career conversion percentage over 11 seasons. Graham kicked for the Miami Dolphins (two games) and Baltimore Ravens (one game) last season. He kicked one game for the Giants in 2010 and eight for the Patriots in 2009. He last full season with with the Bengals in 2009.
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