Texans news: Anthony Miller to avoid surgery

Houston Texans wide receiver Anthony Miller Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans wide receiver Anthony Miller Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
Houston Texans, Anthony Miller
Houston Texans wide receiver Anthony Miller Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

There is some more Houston Texans news early Tuesday as according to reports wide receiver Anthony Miller will avoid shoulder surgery, and could return as early as Week 1 when they Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Though having a dislocated shoulder isn’t fun or good news, the fact Miller is avoiding surgery is good news. In a tweet by Texans reporter Aaron Wilson, with a photo of Miller from practice, he wrote the following:

Even if Miller misses the first two Houston Texans games, avoiding surgery allows him to play a majority of the season as the new slot receiver for the Texans, which is his first in Houston after previously playing for the Chicago Bears.

On Monday, Wilson tweeted this information about Miller and his injured shoulder, as the injury happened in the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last Saturday night:

As for how the Houston Texans will replace Miller for the rest of the preseason and possibly in Week 1 and Week 2, the slot receiver roster will most likely be Keke Coutee as he knows the system of offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, plus Coutee has some game day experience in the regular season.

Moving forward the shoulder situation of Miller will be important to keep notes on because he will be an important part of the rebuilding Texans offense as he was brought over to Houston to have a significant role within the offense.

Texans news: Head coach David Culley spoke about Miller on Monday

In discussing Miller on Monday during a press conference, Texans head coach David Culley said the following with transcripts provided by Houston Texans Public Relations via HoustonTexans.com:

"“Not really sure right now due to he had a little slight dislocation in his shoulder. He’s had a little previous injury with that before. But we’re not really sure right now.”"

Trading for Miller allowed the Texans to trade Randall Cobb to the Green Bay Packers, and it gave the Texans a younger player who has the ability and talent to make his mark within the Houston offense for multiple seasons.

Miller is a valuable player for the Texans, as last season with the Bears the wide receiver finished with 49 receptions for 485 yards and two touchdowns, with four receptions of 20-plus yards. In his three seasons in Chicago, Miller totaled 1,564 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns on 134 receptions in 47 regular season games.

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Knowing Miller injury isn’t as bad as it could have been is a blessing, but any injury isn’t to be taken lightly. A speedy and healthy recovery is what everyone wants for Miller, and when he does return he’ll make the Houston Texans offense better than they are when he’s not on the field.