The Houston Texans could be without a key offensive player tonight, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that wide receiver Will Fuller is “unlikely” to play against the Colts due to a hamstring injury.
UPDATE: Never mind. Fuller is active and will play.
Fuller was listed as questionable on the injury report this week, and so if indeed he can’t play tonight (which the Texans are probably trying to see how the day goes before determining that) then Houston would be without their number two wideout. As the Texans’ first round pick this year out of Notre Dame, Fuller has emerged onto the scene in breakout fashion, having caught 20 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a 67-yard punt return. Fuller has seven plays of 20+ yards this year, and he leads all rookie wideouts in receiving. He is also the team leader in receiving yards, yards after the catch, average yards per catch, and 20+ yard plays.
How important is Fuller to the Texans? Brett Kollmann from Battle Red Blog told us this week that, “one could argue that this team has really only been successful on offense this year when Fuller has been heavily involved, which is about as high of praise as I could possibly give him.”
Fuller gives the Texans a playmaker to pair alongside DeAndre Hopkins, which makes a dangerous wide receiver duo. But now with Fuller unlikely to play, the Colts will be able to focus even more on Hopkins. There was a lot of talk this week about whether Vontae Davis would shadow Hopkins, and the Colts should do so - especially if Fuller is out.