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Texans WR Will Fuller is making "steady progress" from his January sports hernia surgery, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Fuller has resumed running and should be a full-go when training camp opens. He's missed 22 games through 4 NFL seasons but has been a difference-maker when healthy. 2020 is a contract year for Fuller.

The Texans chose DT Ross Blacklock with the 40th pick of the NFL Draft. Blacklock posted limited stats across 2 seasons at TCU, finishing with 9 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2019. He missed 2018 with a torn Achilles' tendon. ESPN's Louis Riddick and Anthony McFarland believe that Blacklock brings pass-rushing upside beyond what he showed in college. He joins a D-line that just lost D.J. Reader in free agency.

The Texans have traded the 57th pick in the NFL Draft to the Rams for WR Brandin Cooks and a 4th-round pick in 2022. Cooks joins the trio of Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb atop Houston's WR depth chart and should be the best bet to lead the group in targets. His departure from the Rams leaves room for WR Josh Reynolds to capture more playing time -- barring a significant WR addition in the upcoming draft. The Rams also cut Cooks' playing time in the 2nd half of last season, preferring to get more TEs on the field.

On the same day they traded away WR DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans also agreed to a 3-year deal with WR Randall Cobb. NFL Network's James Jones reports it's a $27 million pact, including $18.75 million guaranteed. That comes a year after Cobb managed only a 1-year, $5 million contract with the Cowboys. Cobb did rebound with Dallas last season. He averaged 15.1 yards per catch after 4 straight seasons of 10.5 or less, and Pro Football Focus graded him a solid 57th among all WRs, up from 115th in 2018. But Cobb also averaged just 3.7 receptions per game as the #3 wideout and hasn't reached 56 yards per game since 2014. Cobb joins Kenny Stills and Will Fuller in a Houston WR corps with no clear leader. But they do, at least, have a dynamic young QB. Cobb will turn 30 in August.

The Cardinals have traded RB David Johnson to the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on the details of the trade, but Arizona will reportedly take on some of Johnson's salary. It reeks of a salary-dump maneuver with a 28-year-old RB coming off an ugly 2019 campaign. Johnson missed 3 games last year and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. Among 68 RBs with 50+ carries, he ranked 38th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades and 67th in Elusive Rating. There's plenty of opportunity in Houston with both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller free agents, but we'd expect the Texans to add more to the backfield alongside David and Duke Johnson. Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake is set up for a big workload in Arizona.

Cutting RB David Johnson is "not an option," Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Friday. "You can't just have one back," Keim added. The biggest reason Johnson will stick around, though, is the $16.2 million in dead money that would be left behind if he was cut. Johnson looked like a guy out of gas in 2019, mustering just 3.7 yards per carry while battling ankle and back injuries. The Cardinals are expected to try to re-sign free-agent RB Kenyan Drake. If they don't, they still figure to bring in significant competition for Johnson.

Texans WR Will Fuller had sports hernia surgery this week after aggravating his groin injury in the loss to the Chiefs, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fuller initially injured his groin in Week 16 and then sat out the Wild Card round win over Buffalo. He's headed for unrestricted free agency in March.

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Texans TE Darren Fells (hip) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. TE Jordan Akins' absence adds upside to Fells -- although it's unclear how big an issue that hip injury will be.

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Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. He was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle reported that Fuller won't be back to 100% until he has time to recover this offseason. He's a risk/reward fantasy play today.

NFL Network's James Palmer reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin), WR Kenny Stills (knee) and TE Darren Fells (hip) will all be active for today's game against the Chiefs. Fuller will remain risky in his return from a multi-game injury. QB Deshaun Watson, however, will have his near-full group of weapons. TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) looks like the only regular piece missing. His absence helps Fells, who saw a season-high 7 targets in the Week 6 meeting with Kansas City.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs. TE Darren Fells remains questionable with his hip injury. If he can't go, Houston would be down to TE Jordan Thomas.

NFL Network's James Palmer hears that Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is expected to play against the Chiefs on Sunday "unless anything crazy happens between now and game time." Fuller was limited in practice all week, and the Houston Chronicle notes that he's "not expected to be 100% until he has time to rest and recover this offseason." He's a risk/reward fantasy play that we'd only use in DFS tournaments.

Texans TEs Darren Fells (hip) and Jordan Akins (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Akins was limited in practice all week with the hamstring injury that kept him out of last Saturday's win over the Bills. Fells was added to the injury report and limited in practice on Friday. We'll look for updates on both guys and will get their official statuses around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien labeled WR Will Fuller (groin) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs. "I think it's kind of like a daily process with him to see where he's at," O'Brien added. "He passes test after test and he communicates with us how he's feeling. I think so far, so good but I think it's going to be a game-time decision." We'll get Fuller's official status around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) remained limited on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported a few days ago that Fuller is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but HC Bill O'Brien was non-committal on Wednesday. We'll get another update on his status after Thursday's practice.

Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is expected back for next weekend's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fuller was seemingly close to suiting up for yesterday's win over the Bills but now should be closer to 100% in Kansas City. We'll track his practice participation this coming week.

Texans TE Jordan Akins is inactive for today's game against the Bills after hurting his hamstring in practice this week. That boosts TE Darren Fells' projections by a target or 2.

As expected, Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Bills. It's a significant loss for Houston's passing game. Kenny Stills will serve as the #2 WR, with either Keke Coutee or DeAndre Carter as the #3.

The Texans don't expect WR Will Fuller to play today against the Bills, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This agrees with the earlier report we passed along from NFL Network's James Palmer. Fuller shouldn't be in your fantasy plans for this weekend.

Texans TE Jordan Akins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills after being added to the injury report on Friday. His absence would be a boost for TE Darren Fells. We'll get Akins' game status around 3 pm ET on Saturday.

 
 
 

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