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‘Too early’ to know status of Texans’ Will Fuller, Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph, Will Fuller, Texans

The Houston Texans were able to narrowly defeat the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card Round and are hoping to get a couple of key players back for Sunday’s matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs. With just a few days until Sunday’s game, Bill O’Brien stated that it’s “too early” to know the status of wide receiver Will Fuller or cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

“I respect the questions, but I don’t know yet,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I really don’t. Look, we all want to have a 100 percent healthy team, but I wouldn’t be able to comment on the exacts of anything because I think it’s too early in the week.”

Last week against the Bills, both Fuller and Joseph were unable to suit up for the Texans. Fuller is dealing with a groin injury while Joseph is hampered by a hamstring issue.

On Wednesday, it was noted that Fuller still wasn’t a full participant in practice. The Texans were able to edge out the Bills to advance, but Houston likely needs Fuller available if they hope to keep up with Kansas City’s high-flying offense.

During the regular season, Fuller tallied 49 receptions for 670 yards and three scores. Despite playing in only 11 games due to injury, Fuller set a career-high for receiving yards in 2019.

On the other hand, Joseph could benefit Houston’s secondary upon his return from injury. The veteran cornerback contributed 51 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and an interception in the regular season.

The Texans are nearly 10-point underdogs to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. If Fuller and Joseph are unable to give it a go, that number could increase as the game nears.