Fuller hopes to play in the preseason, noting that his surgically-repaired knee feels good, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Coach Bill O'Brien has consistently been optimistic about Fuller's rehab process, but we haven't seen any comments about participation in exhibition contests. The speedy wideout avoided the PUP list at the start of training camp and reportedly has been practicing without any limitations. Houston's next preseason game is scheduled for Saturday against the Lions.
Fuller (knee) had no restrictions Saturday in the Texans' first practice with pads, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Fuller is just nine months removed from suffering an ACL tear, but the Texans consistently have been optimistic about his recovery timeline and now are backing it up by letting him participate in all activities. The quantity of reps may be limited still, with Fuller joining DeAndre Hopkins and a few other veterans for a scheduled day of rest Sunday. It doesn't seem out of the question for Fuller to make an appearance in a preseason game.
Fuller (knee) is practicing Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller avoided the PUP list and now will participate in the Texans' first practice of training camp. It won't come as any surprise if he has limitations, considering he's exactly nine months removed from suffering a torn ACL on Oct. 25. The team has been optimistic all along that Fuller will be ready for Week 1, though he didn't take part in offseason practices.
Fuller (knee) is expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the expectation since Fuller suffered a torn ACL in late October was that the speedy wideout would be available Week 1 of the new campaign. The Texans did exercise Fuller's fifth-year option, so there's some incentive for the 2016 first-round pick, who has missed 17 games in the past three seasons, to stay on the field in 2019. While Fuller's availability remains a concern, the 25-year-old has consistently been a downfield threat thus far in his career, averaging a combined 14.8 yards per catch in the past three seasons. He should be poised for a repeat role alongside DeAndre Hopkins (shoulder, expected to be healthy) and Keke Coutee.
The Texans have exercised their fifth-year option on Fuller (knee), John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The option costs $10.162 million for 2020 and is guaranteed for injury only. Fuller is rehabbing from an ACL tear he suffered Oct. 25, with general manager Brian Gaine recently saying he expects the speedy wideout to be ready for Week 1. The jury is still out on Fuller's value to the Texans, as his excellent production while playing with Deshaun Watson -- 783 receiving yards and 11 TDs in 11 games -- has been overshadowed by a series of injuries (17 missed games in three seasons). It's also worth noting that Fuller did next to nothing when he was forced to play with a lesser quarterback, whereas DeAndre Hopkins mostly remained productive. In any case, the Texans hope to have Fuller back on the practice field at some point during training camp.
General manager Brian Gaine reiterated Thursday that Fuller (knee) is expected to be ready to go for Week 1, Sarah Bishop of ESPN reports.
Gaine said Fuller has been rehabbing in Houston all offseason and the receiver has yet to suffer a setback in his recovery from a torn ACL. Head coach Bill O'Brien expressed a similar level of optimism earlier this month and even went as far to suggest Fuller could be back on the field, in some capacity, for training camp. The Notre Dame product will be roughly nine months removed from surgery by that time, but there remains no firm timetable for his exact return to action and it wouldn't surprise anyone if the Texans keep their big-play threat under bubble wrap for most of the summer.
Head coach Bill O'Brien recently indicated that while there isn't a firm timeline for Fuller (knee) to return to the field, the receiver has a chance to be ready for training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Fuller will be roughly nine months removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee by the time training camp kicks off this summer. O'Brien has expressed optimism about the receiver's recovery numerous times this offseason, but the coach has also stated his concern with Fuller's ability to stay healthy in the future. While those concerns certainly aren't without merit considering Fuller has missed between two and seven games in each of his three professional seasons, the 2016 first-rounder at least appears to be on track to return to full health before the start of the 2019 regular season.
Coach Bill O'Brien is encouraged by Fuller's recovery from a torn ACL in his right knee, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports. "I think he's doing really well," O'Brien said. "He's on a good track."
Fuller suffered a premature end to his third season at roughly the same time as Deshaun Watson's own ACL tear from 2017 -- Oct. 25 for the former versus Nov. 2 for the latter. Watson was healthy enough to play by preseason Week 2 last August, but such injuries have a variety of recovery timelines. Considering Fuller has suited up for just 31 of a possible 48 games in his career, O'Brien's words should be taken with a grain of salt. If Fuller can rejoin DeAndre Hopkins (shoulder) sooner than later, though, his career marks of 14.6 YPC and 8.4 YPT should help him produce as the dynamic Watson enters his third campaign.
Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans need to figure out how to keep Fuller (knee) and Keke Coutee healthy in 2019, Drew Dougherty of the team's official website reports.
The young wide receivers played just seven games apiece (including playoffs) during the 2018 campaign, with the rookie battling a nagging hamstring injury and Fuller suffering a torn ACL on Oct. 25. The latter is a far greater concern for 2019, as Fuller faces a lengthy rehab process that may stretch into training camp or even threaten his Week 1 availability. Heading into his age-25 season, the oft-injured, 180-pound wideout has piled up 783 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in the 11 games he's played with Deshaun Watson at quarterback. It's hard to find a WR group with more upside than Houston's, though only DeAndre Hopkins is a sure thing among the bunch. It won't come as any surprise if the Texans invest in the position this offseason, even though they already have their ideal three-wide alignment (Hopkins-Fuller-Coutee).
The Texans placed Fuller (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.
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 for the remainder of 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 miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
With Fuller done for the season, DeAndre Hopkins will continue to head the Texans' wideout corps, with Keke Coutee (hamstring) a candidate to see an expanded profile in the team's offense once he's healthy.
The Texans believe that Fuller tore his ACL on the play where he injured his right knee in Thursday night's win over the Dolphins, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller will have an MRI on Friday to confirm the nature of his injury. This could be a devastating blow if true. Bruce Ellington (hamstring) 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. The likes of Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith could see an increased role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee (hamstring) if Fuller is out long-term.
Fuller (hip) was listed as a full practice participant all week and doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Thursday's game against Miami.
The Houston wide receivers have been a consistent presence on the injury report this season, with Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee (hamstring) all banged up nearly every week. Fuller and Hopkins have been cleared for Thursday's game, while Coutee has been ruled out for a fourth time in eight weeks. Fuller could get a soft matchup against Bobby McCain if the Dolphins put top cornerback Xavien Howard on Hopkins for most of the night.
Fuller brought in six of eight targets for 68 yards in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Fuller ended up pacing the team in both receptions and receiving on the afternoon, accounting for more than half of Deshaun Watson's passing yardage in the process. It was a nice bounce-back effort for the third-year receiver, one that was likely aided by fellow wideout Keke Coutee's early exit from the contest due to a hamstring injury. Fuller had ceded some production to Coutee in recent games, but if the latter's issue prevents him from suiting up in four days for a Week 8 battle against the Dolphins, Fuller could be in prime position to benefit.
Fuller (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Despite never advancing beyond limited practice participation this week, Fuller apparently showed the Texans enough to avoid a questionable designation. Though ostensibly healthy while logging big snap counts the past two weeks, Fuller has only been targeted six total times, hauling in four passes for 48 yards and no touchdowns. The lack of recent productivity in addition to the matchup against a tough Jaguars secondary limits Fuller's fantasy appeal in Week 7, though there's some thought he and Keke Coutee could benefit from increased looks if All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is able to shut down top wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller (hip) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
The Texans seem to list Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins (foot) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) on the injury report every week, regardless of whether any of the wideouts are actually dealing with a noteworthy issue. Fuller's medical history is concerning, but there's no reason to believe he's in danger of missing Sunday's game at Jacksonville after he suited up in the Texans' last five contests. At this point, Fuller's lackluster production of late -- he's caught just four passes for 48 yards the past two games -- and the tough road matchup with a physical Jacksonville defense provide more reason for pessimism about his Week 7 fantasy prospects than his health.
Fuller brought in two of three targets for 33 yards in the Texans' 20-13 win over the Bills on Sunday.
Fuller generated minimal production for the second straight game, although his 16.5 YPC was actually his second-highest of the season. The 24-year-old opened the season by getting into the end zone in each of the first three games, and although he's now failed to score in two consecutive contests, his elite speed renders him a high-upside play on a weekly basis. He'll have a potentially tough time boosting his numbers Week 7, however, as the Texans face the Jaguars in a divisional matchup.
Fuller (hamstring) does not carry a Week 6 injury designation after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
The same applies to DeAndre Hopkins (foot) and Keke Coutee (hamstring), meaning that the Texans will have their top three pass catchers available Sunday against the Bills. Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson (chest) is listed as questionable for the contest, but we'd be surprised if he didn't play. Fuller is coming off a subpar Week 5 in which he caught just two of three targets for 15 yards, but now that he's further removed from the hamstring issue that had him viewed as a game-time decision last weekend, Fuller will look to rekindle his TD chemistry with Watson, assuming he plays.
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