Houston Texans’ defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and wide receiver Will Fuller have been listed as questionable to return with lower body injuries against the Detroit Lions.
Wilfork suffered a groin injury and walked gingerly to the sideline to be examined by the Texans’ training staff midway through the third quarter. He then made his way to the locker room under his own power.
The veteran defender registered one tackle before exiting against the Lions on Sunday.
Wilfork, 34, has made 24 of a possible 24 starts since signing with Houston in March 2015. He has tallied 38 total tackles with one pass defended over that time. As a nose tackle, his primary role is in stopping the run. The Texans ranked 10th overall in opposing rushing yards per game last season. They were also seventh in first downs allowed.
This season has been a different story, however.
The Texans have allowed 135.4 rushing yards per game and 50 first downs on the ground, both of which are fourth-most in the NFL. Despite an increased production from Wilfork, the Houston defense has struggled to carry the team to victories.
Fuller, a rookie out of Notre Dame, has made an immediate impact as a weapon for quarterback Brock Osweiler. He had 24 receptions for 359 yards and two scores over six starts for Houston prior to Week 8. He registered one reception for 23 yards on four targets before leaving against Detroit.
The Texans have been ravaged by injuries this season, especially with superstar pass rusher J.J. Watt headed to injured reserve. The potential losses of Wilfork and Fuller will make the rest of the season even more difficult.