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Texans HC Bill O'Brien says he wants to avoid the big early rushing workloads that RB Lamar Miller endured in his 1st season with the team. "I think he probably carried it a little bit too much early on," O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle. "We were very, very dependent on him because he's that type of player. We feel like we have a pretty diverse group of running backs so I think in order to get him at his best in January, we probably need to cut down on that early in the year." Miller carried 19+ times in each of the 1st 4 games and 5 of the 1st 6 -- but he also reached 21 carries in each of his final 2 games and then 31 in the Wild Card round win over Oakland. We agree with O'Brien that lightening the rushing load at least a bit should help Miller's efficiency. We'll see whether 2016 rookie Tyler Ervin or any yet-to-arrive RB is ready to play a more significant role in 2017.

Texans DE J.J. Watt said this week that he has completed the rehab stage in his recovery from re-injuring his back in September, according to "The one nice thing about the situation is that I've had the proper amount of time to take the recovery as methodically as it needs to be taken and do things the right way, with the proper patience, but also the proper aggressiveness at times," he said. Watt also said that he let his "pride" get in the way of rehabbing from his initial back surgery to repair a herniated disk last summer. If he steers clear of setbacks through this offseason, we should expect to get back the dominant force that IDP owners have enjoyed over the past several years -- now with a delivering Jadeveon Clowney attacking the opposite edge.

Texans WR Braxton Miller is completely recovered from the sprained AC joint in his shoulder that ended his 2016 season. Miller finished his rookie campaign with just 15 catches for 99 yards and 1 TD -- but the quiet debut wasn't a surprise for the converted college QB. "I learned a lot," Miller said. "It's just learning the little small details about getting separation, how to run your route, the little teaching techniques. I'm going to come back in 2017 and turn it up to another level." The slot job in Houston remains wide open, and Miller is the clear favorite to claim it. We'll see if he can progress enough and if the Texans can get good enough QB play to make Miller a fantasy asset.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He's set to play against the Raiders on Saturday and could be as healthy as he's been in a while. Miller carried 24 times for 104 yards and a score vs. Oakland back in Week 11. Expect a similar workload this weekend -- as long as that ankle allows it. Miller has as much upside as any RB not named Le'Veon Bell.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is expected to be ready for the 1st round of the playoffs, HC Bill O'Brien said. Houston was able to give him the past 2 games off, so he should be healthier than he's been in a while. With the QB situation in flux, Miller will be the Texans' best chance of moving the ball this postseason.

Texans QB Tom Savage left in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Titans to be checked for a concussion. He returned to take a knee at the end of the half, but QB Brock Osweiler was back out there to start the 3rd quarter. We'll update this situation when we learn more.

Update: Savage was reportedly reevaluated for a concussion at halftime and then ruled out.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Houston has nothing to play for in the season finale and will hope to get Miller healthy for the playoff opener. Alfred Blue will serve as the lead back this weekend and is a fine bet for 20+ touches.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bengals. That leaves Alfred Blue as Houston's top RB in an upside matchup with a Cincinnati defense that plays the pass tougher than the run.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) won't play against the Bengals tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That game won't mean much to Houston if the Titans beat the Jaguars this afternoon. (Next week's Texans-Titans game would decide the division.) So it makes sense to rest Miller up for that finale. Alfred Blue is the best bet for carries in the Texans backfield tonight, but Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes also figure to be invovled.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is "iffy at best" for tonight's game against the Bengals. He's been dealing with this bum ankle for a while and didn't practice all week. We won't know Miller's official status until around 7 pm ET tonight. He'll be a risky fantasy play if active. If not, Alfred Blue, Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes will share backfield duties.

Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play on Saturday night against a Bengals team that’s allowed the 3rd most catches and 2nd most receiving yards to TEs.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Bengals. He didn't practice all week. Miller has said he'll play, but we can't consider him a lock. The late kickoff makes it an even tougher situation for fantasy owners. You need to have a viable replacement lined up if you hope to use Miller. Alfred Blue would be the best bet in Houston's backfield if Miller sits out, but Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes could also be involved.

Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He said earlier in the week that he expected to play against the Bengals on Saturday night, but we can't consider him a lock at this point. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) returned to practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to play against the Bengals on Saturday night. Only 2 teams have allowed more catches to TEs than Cincinnati, and only 1 has allowed more yards. Fiedorowicz will be a high-floor TE1 if he suits up this weekend.

The Texans are expected to start QB Tom Savage against the Bengals on Saturday night, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Savage stepped in for the benched Brock Osweiler in the 2nd quarter of yesterday's game and led the Texans back from a 13-0 deficit for a 21-20 win. Savage completed 23 of 36 passes for 260 yards with 0 TDs or INTs. His 85.4 QB Rating was better than Osweiler has posted in all but 3 games this season. Savage will be no better than a low-end QB2 for Week 16, but he looks like good news for WR DeAndre Hopkins. Savage targeted Hopkins on 15 of his 36 attempts (42%) yesterday, completing 8 for 87 yards.

Texans RB Lamar Miller said he "tweaked" his ankle near the end of Sunday's win over the Jaguars. "I'll be all right," he added. "Just have to get some treatment, get some rest and I should be straight." Miller has been dealing with a bum ankle for much of the season. We'll track his status throughout the week. Houston hosts the Bengals on Saturday night.

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (back) and CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs) are inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. Mercilus' absence hurts the Houston pass rush but certainly doesn't take the defense out of fantasy consideration in a high-ceiling matchup.

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Ryan Griffin will step in as Houston’s starter and is an intriguing TE2.

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to get cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. That'd leave Ryan Griffin as the top TE in what's become a TE-centric passing game.

Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz did not practice on Wednesday. It's basically confirmation that he sustained a concussion in the win over the Colts. We'll see if he can get cleared in time for this weekend's game vs. Jacksonville.


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