Running back Lamar Miller, one of the biggest free agent acquisitions of the 2016 offseason, sits out practice Sunday after tweaking his ankle the day before
Sunday marked the one week point from the first preseason game for the Houston Texans. They’ve already dealt with their share of scares in regards to player’s health after defensive end J.J. Watt had to have unexpected surgery on his back and tackle Derek Newton was carted off the field with a hamstring injury.
Both players could potentially miss the entire preseason and now the Texans have another shake up as running back Lamar Miller missed Sunday’s practice according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
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Miller tweaked his ankle the day before according to the report but was able to finish that Saturday practice after trainers taped his ankle up. The first-year Texan said he will be fine and doesn’t believe the injury will be a major setback.
A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2012, Miller joined the Texans this offseason after spending four years with the Miami Dolphins. 2016 will be the first season Miller plays for a team that doesn’t represent his hometown as the young man was born in Miami and chose the Hurricanes over the Florida Gators to stay close to home.
While he may have loved to continue being a hometown hero, the Dolphins spare usage of the exciting running back proved to be as frustrating to Miller as it was puzzling to fans. In four seasons Miller averaged 4.6 yards per rush but only received enough carries to hit the 1,000-yard mark once in his career, which was in 2014.
Last season Miller rushed for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. His per carry average was a respectable 4.5 yards per rush.