The Texans are feeling extremely confident in kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn's recovery from a leg injury, officially cutting kicker Joey Slye on Thursday afternoon.
Fairbairn has been designated for return from injured reserve after missing the first three games of the regular season and is slated to return Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, according to special teams coordinator Frank Ross.
Slye missed wide left on a 41-yard field goal in a road loss to the Cleveland Browns, then Slye missed an extra point that could have tied the gameagainst the Carolina Panhers. Slye later made a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a 24-9 loss.
Slye made 4 of 5 field goals and 7 of 8 extra points during his tenure with the Texans.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7