The transaction was destined to happen after Fuller suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last Thursday against the Dolphins. What wasn't guaranteed was a move to bolster the Texans' receiving corps in his absence. Beyond DeAndre Hopkins and the injured Keke Coutee (hamstring), Houston was thin at the position, boasting Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith. As a result, the front office acquired Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos on Tuesday. Thomas' $14 million salary for 2019 isn't guaranteed, meaning this is more or less a rental while Fuller goes through his recovery.
Fuller (knee) will undergo surgery within the next week to repair his torn right ACL and is expected to require 6-to-9 months to make a full recovery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Given this timeline, Fuller is expected to be close to full strength when training camp gets underway next summer. That will likely put Fuller on track to enter the 2019 season without any restrictions, but his absence represents a major hit to a narrow Houston passing tree during the current campaign. Coach Bill O'Brien has mentioned rookie Keke Coutee (hamstring) as a leading candidate to pick up targets with Fuller out, while the Houston tight ends could also see heightened involvement.
Fuller will have an MRI on Friday to confirm the nature of his injury. This could be a devastating blow if true. Bruce Ellington is already out for the season and Keke Coutee missed this game with a hamstring injury.
Fuller injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Dolphins and will not return.
Fuller was underthrown by quarterback Deshaun Watson on a deep ball in the fourth quarter and came down clutching his knee. He was eventually able to walk off the field, so there will be hope that the electrifying wide receiver did not suffer anything serious. Fuller had a big game before exiting, hauling in five of his six targets for 124 yards and a touchdown, including a 73-yard deep shot in the third quarter. With Thursday's game well out of hand, the Texans could be holding the Notre Dame product out just to be cautious with him, but more information will be available postgame. Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith should see an increased role if Fuller is out long-term.
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