Miller missed Houston's final two regular season games due to shoulder, ankle and rib injuries, which came after he racked up a career-high 299 touches through just 14 games. While an increased workload was part of what made Miller's fantasy stock more appealing with the Texans than it previously was with the Dolphins, such exertion took its toll over the course of the campaign. Admittedly, Houston's at times horrid passing game left little alternative to calling Miller's number, so along with looking to improve through the air this year, the team try to remain mindful of Miller's backfield duties in hopes of better preserving him for the long haul.
The rushing attempts were a season high for Miller, who was expected to carry a big load after being shut down the final two weeks of the season. While the Raiders defense managed to hold him in check, Miller didn't have to come up with a huge performance against a team led by a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. The
Miller (ankle) did not draw an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Raiders.
After practicing in full this week, Miller is in line to return to the Texans' starting lineup Saturday after being held out of the team's last two regular season tilts. Miller relayed to the Houston Chronicle that he's feeling refreshed in advance of Saturday's contest. "I think it helped me out a lot," Miller said of his time off. "I feel fresh right now. I feel good." Look for Miller, who carried 268 times for 1,073 yards and five TDs in 14 games this season, to be busy this weekend in a game that could lean toward the run, with Brock Osweiler starting at QB for the Texans and Connor Cook helming the Raiders offense.
In the absence of any setbacks as the week progresses, Miller is set to return to the
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