Houston Texans: 5 Takeaways from Week 7 loss to Colts
3. Injuries are adding up following Will Fuller injury
One of the reasons the offense of the Houston Texans wasn’t firing on all cylinders was the fact that Will Fuller had a hamstring injury in the first quarter and didn’t return. Remember, the Texans were already without starting right tackle Tytus Howard, as he’s going to miss a few weeks with an injury as well.
Before we talk more about Fuller, Howard’s replacement Roderick Johnson suffered a stinger against the Colts, and to be honest, he wasn’t playing that well to begin with before he was injured. The offensive line of the Texans didn’t play up to the level they have been the past couple weeks, and not having Howard there did affect that unit.
Now back to Fuller, it seems the Texans can’t have their four top receivers all healthy at the same time. Earlier this season, Kenny Stills was injured after making a catch and he missed a couple games. Now, Stills returned on Sunday, and Fuller was injured.
Fuller finished the game with one reception for six yards on the only target he had before being injured. In his return, Stills totaled four receptions (five targets) for 105 yards, and DeAndre Hopkins had one of his better games this season with nine receptions (12 targets) for 106 yards and a touchdown catch.
This season, Fuller has 34 receptions for 450 yards and three touchdowns. Fuller is averaging 13.2 yards per reception, which is less than the 15.7 yards per reception he had last season.
If the Texans are without Fuller for an extended amount of time due to the hamstring issue, there is no doubt the Texans will miss having Fuller on the field, but again, he’s missed many games already in his NFL career and has yet to play an entire 16-game regular season.