One of the scariest risks that off-season workouts bring is that of a serious injury. Every season, there’s a handful of players who sustain an injury during organized team activities, mini camp, training camp, or preseason games. Last season, during the preseason, the Cowboys lost Tony Romo and the Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater to serious injuries. Houston even lost Nick Martin last year during the preseason. This year, the injured reserve list shows Will Fuller injured.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller Injured in Practice
Texans' WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone today during practice, sources tell @sarahbarshop and me. Out indefinitely.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2017
Since Bill O’Brien took over as head coach for the Texans, he seems to have struggled to find two things. One is obviously a franchise quarterback, but he may have found one in Deshaun Watson. The other is a reliable number two receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Last season, in the 2016 NFL Draft, Houston selected wide receiver Will Fuller out of Notre Dame in the first round. Fuller seemed like the perfect candidate for the Texans’ number two option. He has the speed and explosiveness to blow the roof off of opposing defenses. It was the perfect distraction to help DeAndre Hopkins pick apart the secondary with his exceptional route running. Fuller struggled with drops last season, but had been working on it during this off-season. He looked ready to take the next step in his game and truly break out in 2017. But then, he was stopped dead in his tracks before the season even began.
Unfortunately, Fuller is going to have to wait a while before he can show the fans how he’s progressed. During Wednesday’s practice, Fuller went down after a big hit which broke his collarbone. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Fuller will have surgery on the broken collarbone and is expected to miss at least two-to-three months.
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