Who are the Houston Texans activating from the IR list?

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It’s been a long wait for one of these Houston Texans players who are coming off of Injured Reserve.

On Monday, Ian Rapoport reported that the Houston Texans were activating Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn and DB A.J. Moore from the Injured Reserve list. This couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Texans desperately need secondary help and a better kicker.

Moore brings experience in the Texans secondary and can help shore up the passing defense. Moore has not accumulated many stats over his short, four-year NFL career as he only has a handful of tackles and one sack to his name.

As for Fairbairn, he returns after being a last-minute scratch in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which Safety Justin Reid had to handle kickoff duties (he didn’t do that bad, actually).

Ka’imi Fairbairn returning will keep the Houston Texans in games

Over the past two games, backup Kicker Joey Slye has missed a crucial field goal attempt against Cleveland, and then was a total buzzkill when he shanked an extra-point attempt right before halftime. That’s a total of four points left on the field and not put on the scoreboard.

It’s clear that Joey Slye should be on his way out. If not this week, then next week. The Texans have 3 weeks to add Fairbairn and Moore to the active 53-man roster. Even though it is less than ideal to take field goals over touchdowns all the time, at least drives that end with three points can help build Davis Mills’ confidence in his rookie season.

A potential sign of positive momentum for this Texans team that’s had two winnable games slip through their hands for a multitude of reasons. Texans fans should be excited that their main kicker is returning, who may help them get a win or two down the road.