ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play against the Patriots today. "He wants to test it pregame first before making final decision," Schefter adds. We'll find out Fuller's official status by noon ET, but he's at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that hamstring injury if he plays. Fuller should be on fantasy benches for Week 1. His absence leaves Bruce Ellington as Houston's #2 WR. TE Ryan Griffin could also see a few extra looks, but WR DeAndre Hopkins will be the target hog.
The Texans have released TE Owen Daniels. The move saves $4.5 million against the cap. Daniels appeared to have plenty of gas left in the tank before suffering a season-ending broken leg in October. But he's 31 and has always been injury prone. Daniels has missed 26 games over the past 5 seasons. That'll certainly hurt his value on the open market. Meanwhile, the Texans are left with 2013 6th-rounder Ryan Griffin atop their TE depth chart. Griffin showed well as Houston's lead TE over the final 3 games of last season, hauling in 14 balls for 177 yards. We'll see how big a pass-catching role he'll play in HC Bill O'Brien's offense.