HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller didn’t practice much this week leading up to Sunday 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions at NRG Stadium.
The Texans leading rusher was dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the short practice week that kept him limited and a game-time decision for Sunday.
Miller battled through and had to sit out more than he’s used to. In the first half Miller labored through seven carries for just 14 yards. Miller felt the pain and it hurt his production in the first half.
“It was very tough,” Lamar Miller said on the challenge of playing with the injured shoulder. “You know, at first I was too worried about my shoulder in the first half. But, I kept trying to fight through it and I just tried to help my team win.”
Miller did find his way into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the season a one yard scamper with 7:04 remaining in the second quarter.
“I just tried to take advantage of my opportunity and make a play when my number is called. I think the offensive line did a great job on that play. I was just trying to get that one yard.”
The running game was virtually non existent in the first half but the Texans stayed committed to the run tallying 82 second half rushing yards.
Miller finished with just 56 yards on 17 carries and Alfred Blue chipped in with an additional 41 yards on nine carried to help push the Houston rushing attack to over 100 yards as a team.
The bye week comes at a perfect time for Miller who will have an opportunity to rest and get his shoulder healthy.
“I’m going to get treatment throughout the whole bye week and just try to get it right,” Miller said.
The Texans return to action in Week 10 with a road date with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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