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Texans RB Lamar Miller suffers left knee injury

Lamar Miller, Texans, Patriots

The Houston Texans may have absorbed a serious injury to one of their key offensive players in their preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. On his first carry of the game, Lamar Miller appears to have sustained a knee injury per Adam Schefter.

On the play, Miller was running to the right and was tackled by Cowboys’ Maliek Collins. Miller’s knee landed awkwardly and he immediately grabbed his left knee. The versatile running back was carted off the field in the first quarter.

Miller has been the Texans’ leading rusher in the last three seasons after signing with the team in 2016. In those three seasons, the Miami product has averaged 978 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Miller has also been a decent option in the passing game with 92 receptions combined in his three years in Houston.

Losing Miller would be detrimental to Bill O’Brien’s offense as the Texans head into the regular season. Currently, Duke Johnson would be the team’s starter, but he is usually utilized as a pass catcher out of the backfield.

Therefore, if the injury is season-ending, the Texans may be in the market for a starting running back. Earlier in training camp, the team released D’Onta Foreman, who ended up getting injured with the Indianapolis Colts.

You hate to see injuries happen in the preseason, especially to a player in a contract-year as Miller is. Until we get an update on the severity of the injury, we hope for the best for the veteran running back.