Lechler officially retired from the NFL on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chroniclereports.
The former Texans and Raiders punter evidently celebrated his retirement at a party attended by numerous former and current NFL players, confirming the 42-year-old would be hanging up his cleats. The seven-time Pro Bowler and nine-time All-Pro could join Ray Guy as the only other punter in the Hall of Fame when he's eligible.
Lecher was waived by Houston on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lecher, a seven-time Pro Bowler, ranked second in the league in average yards per punt (49.0) last year. Cut by the Texans and entering his 19th season in the NFL, it's conceivable that another team could take interest in the 41-year-old as solid option on special teams.
Lechler re-signed Thursday with the Texans on a one-year contract, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lechler, 41, will return for his 19th NFL season after ranking second and 10th in the league in average yards per punt (49.0) and net yards per punt (41.3), respectively, during the 2017 campaign. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro, Lechler has been the premier punter of his generation and is showing no signs of slippage during the tail end of a brilliant career.
Lechler signed a contract with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lechler will turn 41 in August but he proved last season that he's still one of the best punters in the league. In what was his 17th NFL season, Lechler averaged 47.5 yards per punt and had 30 kicks downed inside the 20. Given his extensive and impressive track record, he figures to have another consistently solid year in 2017.
The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).
Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts.
Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared.
The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game.
All but one of 18 players listed by the Texans as probable for their Thursday night game against Indianapolis was a full participant at Wednesday practice. The exception is cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee), who was limited.
The other defensive probables are cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), safeties Eddie Pleasant (ankle) and D.J. Swearinger (elbow), linebackers Jeff Tarpinian (thigh), Brian Cushing (knee) and Akeem Dent (shoulder), and defensive linemen Tim Jamison (groin), Ryan Pickett (knee) and J.J. Watt (thigh).
The offensive probables are running back Alfred Blue (knee), linemen Derek Newton (ankle), Brandon Brooks (ankle) and Ben Jones (knee), quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf) and wide receiver Damaris Johnson (foot). Punter Shane Lechler (hip) is also probable.
The Texans have listed nine players as probable Week 5.
Duane Brown, Brian Cushing, Akeem Dent, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Chris Myers and D.J. Swearinger should all be able to go during the contest.
Defensive end Tim Jamison comes into the game listed as questionable. He's dealing with a groin injury and was limited in practice Friday.
The Texans have designated the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 4 matchup with the Bills: quarterback Tom Savage, safeties Shiloh Keo (calf) and Eddie Pleasant (ankle), linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Jeff Adams.
Bouye was questionable to play this week, while Keo, Pleasant and Clowney had all been previously ruled out. Running back Arian Foster (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hip) are active after being listed as questionable. Wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), defensive ends Jared Crick (neck) and Tim Jamison (groin), cornerbacks Kareem Jackson (thigh) and Johnathan Joseph (foot/ankle, neck), safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow, hip) and guard Ben Jones (knee) are all active for the game.
The Texans have issued their typically extensive injury report for their Sunday game against Buffalo with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and safeties Shiloh Keo (calf) and Eddie Pleasant (ankle) ruled out.
Listed as questionable are cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), featured back Arian Foster (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hip).
The rest are probable. They are defensive ends Tim Jamison (groin) and Jared Crick (neck), cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (foot/neck/knee) and Kareem Jackson (thigh), wideout Andre Johnson (ankle), guard Ben Jones (knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow/hip).
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday punter Shane Lechler is day to day with an unspecified soft tissue injury.
"Any of these guys that have what I would term as soft tissue whether it’s hamstrings or hip flexors, quad strains or whatever it might be, every one of them is day to day," O'Brien said, per ESPN. "Every morning we’ll come in and see how they’re doing. We’ll list it on the injury report as what basically they tell us."
O'Brien indicated the team might need to have a contigency plan in place in case Lechler sits out Week 4 vs. Buffalo.
"Maybe you bring some guys in to take a look at in a workout," O'Brien said. "Maybe you have someone on your team that’s done it in the past that can do it. But we’re not at that stage yet where we have to decide it. Shane being the pro that he is he’s going to let us know how he feels and what he’s going to do."
The Texans have listed four players as questionable for their Week 11 battle against the Raiders. They are cornerback Kareem Jackson (chest), punter Shane Lechler (illness) and linebackers Joe Mays (knee/abdomen) and Mike Mohamed (hamstring).
Reserve tight end Ryan Griffin (concussion) and cornerback Elbert Mack (hamstring/groin) have been ruled out.