Fuller was back at practice last week but nonetheless was ruled out long before Sunday's 36-33 loss to the Patriots. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he's hearing good things about Fuller's prognosis, potentially setting up the speedy wideout for a Week 4 return. Bruce Ellington served as the No. 2 receiver in Sunday's loss, catching four of seven targets for 59 yards ad a touchdown.
Fuller's return to practice Monday may have created hope for an imminent return, but O'Brien shut down the notion in short order. The speedy wideout does at least seem to be a bit ahead of his initial timetable, which was estimated at 2-to-3 months when he suffered a broken collarbone Aug. 2. Fuller likely is targeting Week 4 or 5 for a return to games.
Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller's broken collarbone was accompanied by a 2-3 month recovery, so his return to drills less than seven weeks after the injury jibes with such a timetable. In advance of his first practice since Aug. 2, he's been running on the side for weeks while regaining his strength, but it's unclear if he'll be ready in time for Sunday's contest at New England. Ultimately, Wednesday's injury report will give us the first inkling whether game action is possible in Week 3.
Fuller (collarbone) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Cincinnati, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fuller was given a timeline of 2-3 months when he suffered a broken collarbone in early August. He's unlikely to be ready for Week 3, but the Texans still hope to have him back before midseason. Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller figure to get snaps behind DeAndre Hopkins on Thursday.
Fuller is expected to be out for 2-3 months after suffering a broken collarbone during Wednesday's practice, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Players have returned from broken collarbones in under two months, but doing so comes with a huge risk of re-injury, which then would rule Fuller out for the season. The Texans prefer to let the speedy wideout make a full recovery and hopefully come back at full strength at some point in October or early November. Texans receivers coach John Perry had already mentioned giving slot receiver Braxton Miller a look outside, as the 6-foot-1 former college quarterback has the requisite size and speed to profile as a boundary receiver. Jaelen Strong and No. 2 tight end Ryan Griffin are the other leading candidates to absorb some of the snaps that would have gone to Fuller, whose career has trended strongly in the wrong direction since early last season. He already had a lot to prove on the heels of a rookie campaign in which he dropped five passes and did little of consequence after Week 4.
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|