It looks like the Houston Texans will have running back Lamar Miller available to them this week when they play the Detroit Lions. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Miller will be active today despite being bothered by a shoulder injury all week.
Miller sustained a stinger to his right shoulder this past Monday night against the Denver Broncos after absorbing a heavy hit at the end of a 25-yard run. As a result, he was limited in practice this week with the numb shoulder and was originally listed as questionable for the game. Head coach Bill O’Brien characterized his status for the contest as a game-time decision on Friday.
Ultimately Miller has been improving all week and he must have improved enough to warrant a positive decision about his status. He foreshadowed the news on Friday as he declared himself much better than the beginning of the week.
“Hopefully, Sunday I’ll be full-go,” Miller said on Friday. “That’s the plan. I’m not really sure how much I will play right now, but hopefully I will be in there. … I feel way better than the beginning of the week. Every morning, I’ve been feeling better.”
Although Miller will be in the lineup, it’s very likely that the Texans will manage his playing time to avoid further aggravating the injured shoulder. As a result, backup Alfred Blue, who saw an increased role in Monday’s loss to the Broncos, will likely see even more carries this week against the Lions.