Brett Hartmann Lost for the Year
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans on Monday afternoon announced that rookie punter Brett Hartmann would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Hartmann suffered the injury at the end of the fourth quarter on a non contact play in the middle of the field.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak thought Hartmann was hit by an opposing player, but was later informed that it was not the case. The loss of Hartmann puts another Texans player on the injured reserve, but more importantly they lose their strong legged punter and kickoff specialist. He has improved dramatically since his lack luster performance against the New Orleans Saints in week 3.
Hartmann was an undrafted free agent heading into the 2011 season and was invited to Texans camp out of Central Michigan University. He was competing for a job, but was cut mid preseason for the veteran Brad Maynard. To everyone's surprise the Texans cut Maynard at preseason's end and brought back Hartmann to be the punter for the Texans.
This season Hartmann has looked decent for a rookie punter, league rank is in parentheses.
Punt Average: 44.4 (23rd)
Net Average: 37.8 (24th)
Inside the 20: 15 (21st)
Long Punt: 69 yards (7th)
Fair Catches: 13 (15th)