With teams becoming more and more physical with each practice, injuries are bound to occur. On Wednesday, the injury bug struck the Houston Texans offense. Second-year wide receiver Will Fuller V left today’s practice with an injury. Initial tests show that the injury is a broken collarbone. The news leaves the 23-year old sidelined indefinitely. Fuller will reportedly undergo surgery on the broken collarbone.
Fuller’s injury was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Texans' WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone today during practice, sources tell @sarahbarshop and me. Out indefinitely.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2017
Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain confirmed the news, and provided insight into how Fuller injured the collarbone:
Confirming Will Fuller suffered broken collarbone in practice when he went up for pass and hit ground hard.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 2, 2017
Will Fuller V was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, the speedster caught 47 passes for 635 yards and scored two touchdowns. With the recovery time of a broken collarbone taking anywhere between 8-12 weeks, it is a formality that Fuller V will miss regular season games. In his absence, the team will look for contributions from fellow 2016 draft pick Braxton Miller. They will also be counting on former second-round pick Jaelen Strong. The injury also means teams will try to double team DeAndre Hopkins. This will put the onus on Strong and Miller to win in 1-on-1 matchups.
While the team will miss the vertical explosiveness that Fuller brings to the field, fantasy football owners will also miss Fuller. As a rookie, the rookie showed impressive explosiveness. However, as Pro Football Spot’s Jake Arthur points out, Strong and Miller become intriguing as late-round fantasy sleepers at wide receiver.
Well, hello there, Braxton Miller's fantasy value. https://t.co/3NKd0EJUvZ
— Jake Arthur (@JakeArthurNFL) August 2, 2017
Houston Texans Take:
As the preseason inches closer and closer, look for either Braxton Miller or Jaelen Strong to step up and help fill the void left by Will Fuller V. Furthermore, the team will hope that Fuller can return and help spark a rejuvenated passing offense. Miller will face pressure to perform coming off his own injury issues in 2016. With Fuller’s injury, Miller will have an opportunity to make an impact. If Fuller returns to form, the Houston Texans can take a big step forward on offense later in 2017.