Fuller recently underwent sports hernia surgery after aggravating a previous groin injury in the AFC divisional-round loss to the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This shouldn't come as a huge surprise given the injury was serious enough to keep Fuller off the field in the team's wild-card win over the Bills, and it held him to a game-time decision leading into the aforementioned loss against the Chiefs. With only one year left on his 2016 rookie deal, the Texans may attempt to re-sign the 25-year-old on a relatively team-friendly deal in the offseason thanks to his injury-prone nature.
Fuller caught five of eight targets for 89 receiving yards during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to Kansas City.
Returning from the groin injury that forced him to sit out Houston's preceding two contests, Fuller tied Duke Johnson for second on the team in targets while chalking up his greatest yardage output since Week 12. Missing time due to injury has unfortunately become a pattern across Fuller's professional career, as he's missed a combined 20 regular-season games since the start of 2017. When he's on the field, Fuller is undoubtedly a potent downfield threat, averaging 15.1 yards per catch with 14 scores over his past three campaigns. The Notre Dame product remains under contract with Houston for one more season at a cap hit of $10.2 million, when he's set to once again serve as the Texans' No. 2 receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs.
Fuller will return to action after missing the Texans' last two contests. When the speedy wideout is on, he provides the team with a valuable deep threat to complement top pass-catcher DeAndre Hopkins. As the practice week wrapped up, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggested that Fuller isn't expected to be quite at 100 percent Sunday, so it's unclear how close to a full allotment of snaps and targets he'll see against the Chiefs, with Kenny Stills (knee) also active and a candidate to continue to see his share of added work if Fuller is limited at all.
Fuller (groin) is expected to play in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Chiefs, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
An official statement regarding Fuller's status likely won't come until just before Sunday's 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff, but this is an encouraging development nevertheless, particular since the speedy wideout missed the team's wild-card win against the Bills. Fuller was a limited participant in practice all week, so even if the 25-year-old is able to suit up, he'll likely be hampered somewhat by the groin injury, making him a potentially risky play in daily fantasy.
Fuller (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs after being limited at practice this week.
While James Palmer of NFL Network indicated that the expectation is that Fuller -- who continues to deal with a groin injury -- will play Sunday, barring something unexpected, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle relays that the wideout still isn't 100 percent at this stage and acknowledges that ultimately his availability will be up to the team's coaching and medical staff. "That will be (coach Bill O'Brien's) decision at the end of the day," Fuller said. "It's still bothering me some. I'm going to treat it every day." Fuller should thus be considered a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
James Palmer of NFL Network indicates that the expectation is that Fuller (groin) is in line to play Sunday against the Chiefs barring something unexpected in advance of the contest.
For his part, coach Bill O'Brien referred to the wideout's status as a game-time decision, while it seems destined that Fuller -- who's been practicing in a limited fashion this week -- will officially be listed as questionable by the team.
Fuller (groin) remained limited at practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
We'll revisit his status Friday, but so far coach Bill O'Brien has been noncommittal about Fuller's availability for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs. An official 'questionable' designation for that contest thus seems likely for the speedy wideout, who last played Week 16.
Fuller (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Fuller -- who last suited up Week 16 -- is making progress and has a chance to play in Sunday's divisional playoff game versus the Chiefs. That said, coach Bill O'Brien is noncommittal about the wideout's status at this stage of the week, with Fuller's status thus worth tracking in the coming days as a result.
Though Fuller (groin) is progressing in the right direction, coach Bill O'Brien noted Monday that the wideout has "another few stages" he has to pass before he's cleared to play in a game, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously reported that the Texans expect to have Fuller back Sunday against the Chiefs, barring a setback, but O'Brien's comments Monday suggest that such an outcome is not a lock. If, however, Fuller is able to return to action this weekend, he'd provide the team with a valuable deep threat alongside DeAndre Hopkins, while DeAndre Carter would likely see a diminished role.
The Texans expect to have Fuller (groin) available for their Jan. 12 divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Fuller missed his second consecutive game in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in the wild-card round, as his groin injury prevented him from practicing on anything more than a limited basis leading up the contest. Houston is optimistic that Fuller will be able to increase his activity during the upcoming week, so unless he experiences a setback while preparing for the matchup with the Chiefs, the 25-year-old should be ready to reclaim his usual role as one of the Texans' starting wideouts. Houston received little production from its receivers behind top option DeAndre Hopkins in the wild-card win, as Kenny Stills, DeAndre Carter and Keke Coutee combined for five receptions for 51 yards on seven targets.
Fuller (groin) is officially inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.
With Fuller out, the Texans figure to lean heavily on DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills on Saturday, with DeAndre Carter and Keke Coutee also in the team's wide receiver mix against Buffalo.
Fuller (groin) will be ruled out for Saturday's wild-card game against the Bills, James Palmer of NFL Network reports, per a source.
Things were trending in this direction and we'll still wait for official confirmation, but it will now be key for Kenny Stills to step it up while DeAndre Hopkins and Buffalo's Tre'Davious White have what could be an epic battle all afternoon.
Fuller (groin) is not expected to play Saturday against the Bills, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
News began to circulate Friday that Fuller would ultimately not take the field, and per Wilson, it's almost a certainty the speedy wideout will miss Saturday's contest. The Texans have yet to officially rule out Fuller, but that information will likely come closer to the 4:35 ET kickoff. Expect DeAndre Carter to operate as the No. 3 wide receiver along with Keke Coutee, while Kenny Stills will act as the second receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller (groin) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills after logging limited practices this week.
Official confirmation of the wideout's status will arrive approximately 90 minutes prior to Saturday afternoon's 4:35 ET kickoff, but Fuller is viewed by coach Bill O'Brien as a game-time decision for the contest, while James Palmer of NFL Network relays that he's been "told by multiple sources that it's going to be a real long shot for Fuller to play." If the speedy pass catcher ends up ruled out this weekend, Kenny Stills -- who does not carry an injury designation -- would be in line to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Another update on Fuller's status will come Thursday, but if he's unable to upgrade to full practice participation in the Texans' final session of the week, he'll likely be listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff contest against the Bills. The same applies to fellow wideout Kenny Stills (knee).
Fuller (groin) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.
It was reported Monday that Fuller was making progress, and he took another step in the right direction Tuesday, taking the practice field after sitting out all last week. It's still not clear whether or not he will play Saturday against the Bills, but a full practice at some point in the next two days would presumably clear the road for him to do so.
Fuller (groin) took part in Tuesday's practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It won't be clear until after practice how much Fuller was able to do, but his presence alone bodes well for his chances of taking the field Saturday against the Bills.
Coach Bill O'Brien noted Monday that Fuller (groin) is "progressing and headed in the right direction," Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
That said, it's a little early to tell whether the wideout will be able to play in the Texans' playoff opener Saturday against the Bills. On the plus side from the team's perspective, DeAndre Hopkins -- who was rested in Week 17 due to illness -- will be available for the wild-card game, while Kenny Stills (knee) is a candidate to return to action as well following a one-game absence.
Fuller (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.
This was an expected outcome, but there's hope that the speedy wideout can return to action for the Texans' playoff opener, which will take place on Wild Card weekend, either Jan. 4 or Jan. 5.
Fuller (groin) didn't practice Thursday.
Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Fuller is on track to miss Sunday's game against the Titans -- an outcome that should be made official Friday -- with the hope being that the speedy wideout can return to action during the playoffs.
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