The hardest cut made on the Texans 2010 roster was the only original Texan remaining on the roster, Kicker and 12th year veteran Kris Brown.
If it was not the hardest he would have been cut immediately at the conclusion of the 2009 season ending game against the New England Patriots. During the game Brown missed two field goals and, the icing on the cake, an extra point.
For the last first seven years that the Texans organization has been in existence Brown has kicked for an average of 99.4% on extra points, and a 78.5% average on field goals. In 2009 he dropped to 97% on extra points, and 65% on field goal attempts.
Looking back there were several games that might have had a different outcome if the foot of Brown would have been truer in 2009, and the Texans might have made the playoffs last season. This spurred the Texans to sign veteran kicker Neil Rackers from the Arizona Cardinals, and create a kicking competition for the 2010 season.
After a very good preseason for both players the Texans finally landed on Rackers. For the coaching staff, players, and the Houston community Brown’s contribution will be missed. He had ingrained himself into the hearts of many Houstonians over the last eight years.
Near the end of the preseason Brown incurred an injury to his foot, Planters Fasciitis. This is a nagging pain around an athlete’s heel, and obviously detrimental to a kickers performance.
Brown will be on the Texans injured reserve list until the legal issues around his injury are ironed out, and then should show up on another roster kicking close to 100% once again.