Until Tyler Ervin finds meaningful playing time with the Texans this fall, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Ervin (knee) was medically cleared for full-contact activities ahead of training camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Ervin suffered a torn patellar tendon last October that required season-ending surgery. The 24-year-old has seen most of his snaps on special teams during his two seasons in the league, tallying 356 total yards on kickoff returns and 321 yards on punt returns.
The Texans placed Ervin on injured reserve Wednesday. It was revealed Monday that Ervin suffered a torn patellar tendon in Sunday's win over the Titans that would require season-ending surgery, so the move to IR isn't a surprising one. The Texans will replace the running back on the 53-man roster with defensive back Marcus Cromartie.
Ervin (knee) tore his patellar tendon and will undergo surgery Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Ervin will miss the rest of the season and may not be ready for the start of training camp next year. He finishes the season with four carries for eight yards, eight catches for 38 yards, eight punt returns for 60 yards and five kick returns for 93 yards. Ervin's absence should allow Lamar Miller or D'Onta Foreman to pick up a few extra snaps on obvious passing downs, while Bruce Ellington, Jordan Todman and Chris Thompson are the leading candidates to replace Ervin in the return game.
Ervin suffered a knee injury against the Titans on Sunday and won't return, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Ervin plays a fair amount of offensive snaps -- mainly on passing downs -- as the No. 4 running back, and he is also a skilled return man. Without Ervin, expect to see Jordan Todman and Bruce Ellington to try their hands at returning kicks and punts, respectively.
Ervin had one carry for four yards and one reception for another four yards in Houston's 36-33 loss to the Patriots in Week 3. Ervin had stayed relevant on offense while the Texans dealt with multiple injuries to receivers, but as guys came back in Week 3, Ervin's snap count dropped to eight. A game against the high-octane offense of New England looked like it would have been a shootout, suitable to Ervin, but head coach Bill O'Brien had other plans. Ervin remains involved on special teams as the primary returner, but apparently hasn't gained the confidence of coaches to be a regular weapon on offense.
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|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|3||09/23||New York Giants||21||17.88|
|15||12/15||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
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