Lamar Miller Injury: Updates on Texans Star's Shoulder and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:   Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texans runs away from the tackle of  Daniel Sorensen #49 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter of their game at NRG Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller suffered a shoulder injury during the team's Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos. However, he is ready to return.Β Β 

Continue for updates.

Miller Active vs. Lions

Sunday, Oct. 30

The Texans announced Miller is available to play against the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

Texans Struggling to Meet Expectations in 2016

Miller's potential setback is concerning for the Texans, as he is their primary option at running back while they chase a playoff spot. He has rushed 136 times for 581 yards and a touchdown while catching 20 passes for 117 yards and a score in 2016.Β 

Miller is fresh off the best two seasons of his career (a combined 1,971 rushing yards, 672 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns in 2014 and 2015 for the Miami Dolphins) and was widely expected to replicate or surpass those numbers as a focal point of the 2016 offense in Houston.

Alfred Blue has been a durable backup for Houston since the team drafted him in the sixth round in 2014 and could be called into action if Miller is unable to carry a full workload. He has appeared in 31 of 32 regular-season games the past two seasons and racked up a career-high 698 rushing yards and three total touchdowns last year. He may not have the same ceiling as Miller, but he is a reliable backup who can carry the ball and thrive in the AFC South race.

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