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Shayne Graham having career year for Texans

HOUSTON — The Texans’ red-zone woes (3 for 13 over the last four games) have been a boon for kicker Shayne Graham, who has booted 14 field goals in 16 attempts, including four in last week’s victory over the Bengals. Besides establishing a career best, his 138 points during the regular season set the franchise’s season record. This is the eighth club in 12 years for the 35-year-old Graham, including half a season with the Patriots in 2010.

“A lot of people are like, ‘You’ve had a good career. Why so many teams?’ ” he said. “But a lot of it hasn’t been, ‘You’re not good enough to be here anymore.’ “It’s just, ‘You were here while somebody else was injured. You did well but when that injury heals you played two games and you’re out.’ And that’s just the nature of the game. You saw that around the league with a few different kickers this year. You had guys fill in. That’s just how it works. Sometimes you just have to play it as you get it. If that’s the opportunity you get, that’s the opportunity that you get and you don’t look at it as a slight or you’re not good enough.’’ You just move on to the next situation.”

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