HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans will only dress three healthy wide receivers on Sunday when they face the Indianapolis Colts in a game that could determine the eventual winner of the AFC South.
The Texans officially ruled out rookie wide-out Braxton Miller and second year target Jaelen Strong for the huge divisional showdown.
The Texans will only have DeAndre Hopkins, rookie Will Fuller, and Keith Mumphrey active on Sunday.
Miller, injured his right shoulder in the second quarter of last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on an incomplete pass over the middle from Brock Osweiler. Miller left the game and did not return. Miller did not practice all week for the Texans.
The right shoulder was the same shoulder he injured during a practice as a quarterback for Ohio State University in August of 2014. The torn labrum suffered two years ago ended his season for the Buckeyes
Miller has 15 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown this season for the Texans.
Strong returned to practice this week with limited work on Wednesday and Thursday after missing the previous four games with an ankle injury suffered October 30 against the Lions. Friday Strong was listed under the “Did Not Participate” category on the Texans injury report with an ankle injury.
Strong has 14 catches for 131 yards in eight games this season for the Texans.
Expect the Texans to continue to utilize all three tight ends in the passing game on Sunday with CJ Fiedorowicz carrying a large chunk of the load. The third-year player out of Iowa is second on the team in receptions with 45 with 473 yards and three touchdowns.
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