Article by: Justin Imler
Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement announcement wasn’t the only major news in the NFL on Saturday night. Even though it took center stage, and rightfully so, a key offensive player for a top tier AFC threat is officially out for the 2019-2020 season. That player is Lamar Miller, the starting RB for the Houston Texans.
Miller went down hard with a leg injury in their third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night, in which Miller instantly fumbled the ball upon impact, going right to his leg to hold it in pain. That right there was a clear indicator the injury wasn’t something he was going to walk off. The injury became official on Sunday that Miller’s injury was indeed a torn ACL, sidelining the RB for the upcoming season.
Now even though no one is considering Lamar Miller to be a top tier RB in the league, he’s still the best the Texans had at the position. The Texans are coming off of an AFC South title in 2018, however they got upset by their division rival, the Indianapolis Colts, in the Wild Card round. The Texans are still a very talented team looking for a bounce back season this time around behind their star QB/WR duo in Desean Watson and Deandre Hopkins.
The loss of Lamar Miller is a big hit, but all hope is not lost. The Texans did trade for Cleveland RB Duke Johnson II earlier this month. Johnson has never been the sole workhorse since entering the league, but he’s proven to be a talented back, especially with his pass catching abilities. Other RBs on the roster right now include Buddy Howell and Josh Ferguson, among others, which I don’t think anyone outside of Houston has ever heard of.
Now for the obvious question, will Duke Johnson II be the guy the Texans lean on come week 1, or will they make a move to beef up the position? The big name that’s coming up after this injury is Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon, who is currently in a hold out for a new contract. Personally, I don’t think this trade would actually happen, but the Texans do have the cap space to potentially sign Gordon to a deal he’s requesting if they’d be interested.
This is a major topic that Kevin and I will be going into on our next podcast episode that’s dropping tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 28th). Be sure to check that out to see our opinions on the future of the Houston Texans!
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