Los Angeles Times
Texans receiver out for the season
Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller has a torn knee ligament and will miss the rest of the season, a big blow to a team that has won five in a row and is coming off a 4223 victory.
He was injured Thursday night against Miami when he became entangled with a defender and tumbled to the ground. Coach Bill O’Brien said Friday he doesn’t know when Fuller will have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
“I’m very disappointed for Will because Will’s a great guy,” O’Brien said. “He’s really been playing at a high level.”
Fuller had a season-high 124 yards receiving with a 73yard touchdown Thursday before the injury. He had 503 yards receiving and four touchdowns in seven games this season.
The NFL f lagged itself for blowing the call on the nasty helmet-to-helmet hit put on Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The league said Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead should have been penalized for striking Mayfield in the side of the helmet in Sunday’s game. Mayfield was sliding at the end of a 35yard scramble when he got blasted by Whitehead, who was initially penalized before officials conferred and decided to pick up the f lag — and one against Mayfield for taunting.
First-year referee Shawn Hochuli made the situation worse by incorrectly announcing that Mayfield “was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head.”
Earlier Friday, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he was “disappointed” with comments made by Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, who felt Mayfield was taunting after he jumped to his feet and walked toward Whitehead. Mayfield admitted telling Whitehead he was going to have to hit him harder to knock him out of the game.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Chicago because of an ankle injury. Fellow receiver Quincy Enunwa was previously ruled out this week with a high ankle sprain . ... Lions running back Theo Riddick will miss a second straight game with a knee injury when Detroit hosts Seattle . ... The Minnesota Vikings have ruled our four injured starters against the New Orleans Saints: linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring), left guard Tom Compton (knee), running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) . ... Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Morgan Burnett will play against Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a groin injury.