Published: Sep 01, 2010 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 02, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak worried that he'd be cut before the 1983 regular season when he was a rookie quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

The eighth-round draft pick remembers throwing two passes in the preseason — one of them intercepted — and dreading the day when the team had to trim its roster.

Now Kubiak has the final say, and he's got several tough decisions to make by Saturday, when teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players.

The Texans wrap up their preseason against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Kubiak says his hardest decision will be choosing between kickers Kris Brown and Neil Rackers. Brown is the last original Texan, but struggled last season, prompting Houston to sign the free agent Rackers. Neither has missed a field-goal try in the preseason.