Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller speaks out about his latest injury ahead of the team’s matchup with the Chiefs Sunday. What did he say? Look.
It’s crunch time for the Houston Texans as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. You know why? It’s because history is at stake for them to win this game.
The Houston Texans have the opportunity to win their first-ever divisional game and advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time through the existence of this franchise.
Can it happen?
Will it happen?
The Houston Texans should be tired of quick exits out of the playoffs and they want to make inroads at a strong playoff run to get as close to the Super Bowl as they can. Think about it — they’re only two wins away from an opportunity to play in the most ballyhooed event in sports so they must not take the task at hand lightly.
They can’t be satisfied with that playoff win over the Buffalo Bills but they should want to grow even more off of that and that’s how important it is for them to win that game.
All hands must be on deck and on point for it to happen and they’ll likely have close to that tomorrow.
An important part of that deck is wideout Will Fuller, who is trending to play tomorrow afternoon but has been ruled as a game-time decision.
He has been limited in practice all week and is officially listed as questionable on the injury report.
Fuller’s speed and his ability to be a threat deep downfield are what makes him such a special asset on this team but it’s just his injuries — the latest being with his groin — that’s hampering from reaching his full potential as a professional football player.
"“It’s definitely a big game, and I would love to be out there. I’m doing what OB tells me to do, getting a lot of treatment and doing some things in practice, and hopefully that is good enough and he’ll put me out there. It will be a conversation with me and him. I’ll let him know how I feel, and that will be it.”"
Will also indicated that the injury is still “bothering him some,” which certainly signals he won’t be at 100 percent healed if he’s offered the opportunity to play tomorrow.
He says he’s feeling “great,” and that he’s “good to go” for Sunday’s tilt but has deferred the final decision to Bill O’Brien.
Here’s what OB said:
"“I really think it’s going to be a game-time decision,” O’Brien said. “I think it’s kind of like a daily process with him to see where he’s at. He passes test after test and communicates with us on how he’s feeling. I think so far, so good.”"
Fuller missed five games during the season with hamstring and groin injuries and the Houston Texans have already picked up his $10.2 million 5th-year option for 2020, rendering him under contract for next season.
After his struggles with trying to stay on the field, one has to wonder if they have buyer’s remorse
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after what they’ve experienced with him this past season.
Nonetheless, he’s going to be a critical cog out there for the offense — even if he’s not fully healthy — to help this team advance to the next round of the playoffs.
My best guess is that he will be playing but I’d imagine that he’d be on a snap count and used in situational circumstances, such as a deep ball route play.
Fuller’s counterpart, Kenny Stills, is also listed on the injury report as questionable but there’s a sense that he’ll be out there playing as well.
Let’s hope for the best!
Fuller, 25, has caught 49 balls for 670 yards — 13.7 yards per catch — along with three touchdowns this season coupled with a catch percentage of 60.9 through 11 starts this past season.