Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller suffered cracked ribs in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon, but the damage is not extensive and he may only miss one game, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. It is also worth noting that Fuller caught two passes for 15 yards in the defeat.
Overall this season, the 23-year-old has hauled in 17 receptions for 326 yards — good for an average of 19.2 yards per catch — and seven touchdowns. He has had three multi-touchdown games this year, most recently finding the end zone twice in a five-catch, 125-yard performance against the Seattle Seahawks back on October 29.
Fuller, who played his collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame, was originally selected by the Texans in the first round (21st pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games during his rookie campaign, registering 47 catches for 635 yards and a pair of scores. At Notre Dame, the Philadelphia native broke out during his sophomore season, snaring 76 balls for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns. Fuller had an even more impressive junior year, finishing with 62 receptions for 1,258 yards and 14 scores. He decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft after that season.
Houston’s playoff hopes are all but done, as the Texans fell to 3-6 after the 33-7 loss to the Rams. The Texans have lost three contests in a row overall. The struggling AFC South franchise is coming off of two straight postseason appearances, and last year, Houston made it to the divisional round before losing to the eventual champion New England Patriots.