Texans’ Will Fuller suspended 6 games for PED use; receiver makes announcement on Instagram
Will Fuller has been having a stellar season for the Houston Texans, but he won’t be playing in another game the rest of the year. With the regular season winding down, Fuller has been suspended six games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, which he announced on social media.
Texans WR Will Fuller V announces that he's been suspended six games for taking medication which was not permitted under the NFL Police on Performance Enhancing Substances. pic.twitter.com/7Zc2t6KjAM
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 30, 2020
Seeing that there are five weeks remaining this season, Fuller will be out for the rest of the year for the Texans. Also, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported, he’ll also miss Week 1 of next season due to his suspension.
Houston has 5 games left, which means that Will Fuller — a pending top free agent — will be suspended 1 game for his new team if he departs Houston. https://t.co/quI73om7Fq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2020
Fuller is in the final year of his rookie contract and won’t play another game in 2020 to showcase his talents. Therefore, it’s uncertain if Fuller has played his final game in Houston as he could decide to test free agency in the offseason.
The news of Fuller missing the rest of the season is awful for the Texans and especially Deshaun Watson. For the most part, Fuller has been able to avoid injuries for the first time in his career this season, allowing him to produce career numbers.
In the 11 games that he played in this season, Fuller hauled in 53 passes for 879 yards and eight touchdowns, which are all career-highs for the Notre Dame Product. He just posted one of the best games of his career on Thanksgiving, recording six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns versus the Detroit Lions.
With Fuller sidelined for the rest of the season, Houston will now rely on Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, and Keke Coutee at wide receiver. At the same time, Watson may have already thrown his final pass to his Houston teammate.
One can make the case that this turn of events, while unwelcome on its face, could actually help the Texans for 2021. Houston would be more likely to lose games down the stretch and improve its draft position, with a new head coach coming in once the 2020 season is over.