Lamar Miller suffered a shoulder and was in and out of the lineup throughout the game, leading to Blue's enhanced playing time. The backup running back ran well, but also coughed up the ball when the Texans, down by a score mid-way though the third quarter, were engineering a drive. That's was the turning point in the game. We'll be following the status of Miller's shoulder in the coming days as that will dictate Blue's value heading into a Week 8 home game against the Lions.
Miller suffered a shoulder injury and was in and out of the lineup during Monday night's loss to Denver. He gained 61 yards rushing on 11 carries and caught three balls for six yards receiving.
Miller got banged up in the first half and spent a good deal of time on the sidelines trying to loosen up the shoulder, before returning for more work in the second half. He's been a workhorse for the Texans this season, but after two clunkers in the last three weeks, perhaps we're seeing why the Dolphins didn't expose him to more that 13-to-15 carries per game. The Texans have a short week to prepare for Week 8 against the Lions, so we'll need to see if the shoulder responds. If not, Alfred Blue (11 carries 63 yards against Denver) will move up to start.
Osweiler completed 22-of-41 passes for 131 yards and a lost a fumble in Houston's 27-9 loss to Denver on Monday night.
Another road game, another Houston loss. The Texans have scored one meaningless touchdown in three road losses this season, getting outscored 85-22. Osweiler has a 58.9 rating outside of Texas, but he's hasn't been much better at NRG Stadium in Houston (83.2 rating). Houston is dead last in the NFL with nine offensive touchdowns. There was the usual talk after the game about needing to fix the offense, but a change to head coach Bill O'Brien hasn't helped.
Nola suffered a low-grade sprain of his right UCL and a low-grade strain of his flexor pronator tendon in August. He had a PRP injection that same month and started throwing in late September. The
Appel is recovering from surgery in June to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He went 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 34:20 K:BB in 38.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being shut down. The two-time first-round pick will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.
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