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Texans GM Brian Gaine said at the Combine Wednesday that he's "optimistic" that RB D'Onta Foreman will be ready for the start of the 2018 season. His rookie campaign ended last November with a torn Achilles -- an injury that can sometimes take a full year to return from. Teams are always optimistic about their injured players at this time of the year, so take this one with a grain of salt. But Foreman's rehab will be worth monitoring closely this summer. If healthy, he has a real shot to emerge as Houston's lead back. Foreman averaged 4.2 yards per carry last year vs. Lamar Miller's 3.7.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is on track to participate in OTAs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His rehab is ahead of schedule from what was a "clean" ACL tear, per Rapoport. Being available for most of the offseason is significant for a 2nd-year QB. Watson is obviously on pace to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.

Texans DE J.J. Watt says things are going well as he works his way back from the broken leg that ended his season in Week 5. “It’s doing really, really well,” Watt said, per ESPN's Sarah Barshop. “[I’m] very excited about where it’s going. I’m on track for training camp. But my assumption is that it shouldn’t be any problem, but if it needs a couple extra weeks, whatever, we’ll take it. From my understanding and from everybody here’s understanding, the way it’s looking, everything’s going really well. There shouldn’t be any issues.” We'll keep an eye on him as training camp approaches. A healthy Watt remains a potentially dominant force both on the field and IDP fantasy football leagues.

Texans WR Will Fuller will undergo "minor" knee surgery, according to insider John McClain. He's expected to be "full go in a few weeks." Fuller was banged up throughout his 2nd NFL season, breaking his collarbone in August, fracturing his ribs in November and then hurting his knee in the season finale. It at least sounds like he'll be ready for the offseason program.

We have our 1st "ahead of schedule" report of the year, folks! Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that QB Deshaun Watson is "ahead of schedule" in his rehab from October's torn ACL and could even participate a bit in OTAs. He'll be about 10.5 months removed from the injury when the 2018 season kicks off. It's obviously early, but we're tentatively expecting Watson to be ready come Week 1.

Texans WR Will Fuller suffered a knee injury in the 1st half of Sunday's finale against the Colts and will not return. He finishes with 28 catches for 423 yards and 7 TDs in 10 games. All 7 of Fuller's scores came from QB DeShaun Watson. He'll be a WR3 with upside in 2018 fantasy drafts as long as Watson is ready for Week 1.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (calf) is out for Sunday’s game against the Colts. That leaves Will Fuller as the #1 WR in a plus matchup. But between his inconsistencies and having T.J. Yates under center, Fuller is just a risk/reward WR3.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is dealing with a calf injury and is not expected to play in Sunday's finale against the Colts, according to insider Aaron Wilson. It'll be the 1st missed game of his career. Hopkins leaves behind a whopping 11.6 targets, but they're not worth a whole lot coming from QB T.J. Yates. Houston's passing game is 1 to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. HC Bill O’Brien said during the week that he expected Clowney to play, but the star pass rusher missed all 3 days of practice. He’s risky as an IDP but worth playing in DL slots where eligible.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (toe) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He missed practice on both Thursday and Friday, but we never heard much concern about his availability for this one. The matchup with Jacksonville’s top-ranked WR defense is a bigger concern than the toe. Hopkins sits on the WR1/WR2 borderline in the Week 15 Rankings.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (toe) will play against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We never heard any concern about Hopkins' availability, despite the fact that he missed Thursday and Friday's practices. Even in a matchup with Jacksonville's top-ranked WR defense, Hopkins is a must-start in season-long fantasy leagues.

Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He missed practice all week, but HC Bill O'Brien said Friday that he expects Clowney to play, according to the Houston Chronicle. We'll confirm his status Sunday morning.

Texans RB Alfred Blue (concussion) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will play against the Jaguars on Sunday. He’s not a fantasy option but figures to steal a handful of touches from RB Lamar Miller.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (toe) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars after sitting out on both Thursday and Friday. HC Bill O’Brien said Friday afternoon that he expects Hopkins to play. We’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Even at less than 100% and in a brutal matchup, Hopkins would be extremely tough to bench in season-long fantasy leagues.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not practice on Thursday and is listed on the injury report with a toe. It's unclear if Hopkins just got the day off or is dealing with a legitimate injury. We'll learn more tomorrow.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien expects QB T.J. Yates to start Sunday's game against the Jaguars. QB Tom Savage is in the protocol after suffering a scary-looking concussion in the loss to the 49ers. Yates played well in relief, completing 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards and 2 TDs. But he won't be a fantasy option vs. Jacksonville.

Texans WR Will Fuller (ribs) practiced all week and is not listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday's game against the 49ers after missing the past 3. Despite the plus matchup, he’s just a WR3 flier with Tom Savage at the controls. WR Braxton Miller (concussion) is out.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Thursday that it "looks good" for WR Will Fuller (ribs) to play against the 49ers this weekend. He's missed the past 3 weeks but will step back in as Houston's #2 WR. With Tom Savage under center, though, Fuller is a risky WR3 play.

Texans RB Alfred Blue (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers. With only RB Andre Ellington behind him, RB Lamar Miller is a lock to dominate carries in the plus matchup.

Texans WR Will Fuller (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Bill O'Brien said earlier in the day that he's "hopeful" to get Fuller back for this weekend's game against the 49ers. He'd be a boom/bust WR3 if he's able to play in that one.


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