In a close competition that took the entire preseason to sort out, Neil Rackers won the Texans' placekicking job over incumbent Kris Brown. Rackers made all five of his field goals in Houston's four preseason games, but the "deciding factor," according to head coach Gary Kubiak, was his kickoffs. "I really like what Neil does from that standpoint," Kubiak told Houston reporters. "I think he drives the ball." Rackers, 34, connected on 16-of-17 field goals in 2009 for Arizona. The Texans signed him to challenge Brown, who made only 21-of-32 field goals last season. Brown, who hit 4-of-5 field goals in the preseason and kicked in all four games, was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 4. He reportedly has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He had never been in serious danger of losing his job until his struggles during the '09 campaign, and the Texans are likely to be similarly patient with Rackers, the way we hear it.
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