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Will Fuller ‘progressing’ but status uncertain for Wild Card game

Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is making progress rehabbing a groin injury, but is still uncertain for the Texans first playoff game.

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller catches a pass past coverage fro Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan during the second half at Nissan Stadium.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans head back to practice on Tuesday to begin preparations for their Wild Card round game with the Buffalo Bills. The short week leading up to Saturday’s game raises a question as to wide receiver Will Fuller’s availability.

Fuller injured his groin in Week 16 and sat out the team’s regular season finale. This followed a hamstring injury that cost him Weeks 8-11 and 14. On Monday, head coach Bill O’Brien told the media Fuller was, “[p]rogressing, heading in a good direction,” but was noncommittal as to whether or not Fuller would play on Saturday, according to beat writer Aaron Wilson.

If Fuller does not play, Kenny Stills would get plenty of work and it would appear DeAndre Carter has supplanted Keke Coutee as the next man up on the depth chart. Carter would be an intriguing value at his $3,400 price point. In Week 17, he was targeted seven times and caught six passes for 65 yards. He’ll get less work with DeAndre Hopkins back in the lineup, but Carter offers some punt price value vs. the Bills.