Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller will be active for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions despite a shoulder injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Miller is Houston’s starting running back, but he’s been dealing with a shoulder injury that has forced him to miss time. It was thought that Miller wouldn’t be able to play on Sunday due to the fact that he’s not near 100 percent, but the Texans are reportedly rolling the dice.
Such a move hasn’t really paid off for other teams thus far this season. The Kansas City Chiefs brought Jamaal Charles back a week too early and lost him for an extended period of time. The Buffalo Bills will play the New England Patriots on Sunday without LeSean McCoy, because they tried to bring him back from a hamstring injury too quickly.
The Bills could have waited, rested McCoy, and then they’d have him on Sunday. The Texans have a bye week in Week 9, and if they were to rest Miller, he’d get that extra week on top of that to recover. But they feel they need him against the Lions, it seems.
Miller, 25, joined the Texans as a free agent this offseason after spending the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. In seven games, Miller has been solid, with 136 carries for 581 yards and a touchdown. He’s also caught 20 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.