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Will Fuller of Houston Texans to have ACL surgery next week


Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller will undergo surgery on his torn right ACL this week and is expected to miss six to nine months, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Under this timeline, Fuller, 24, is expected to be ready at some point during next summer’s training camp.

Fuller suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win over the Miami Dolphins while attempting to catch a deep pass from Deshaun Watson in the end zone. Fuller was checked out on the field but was able to walk off under his own power.

He finished the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a career-long 73-yard touchdown.

“[Fuller has] been playing well,” coach Bill O’Brien said Friday. “But that’s the thing about this league. I think if you go through every team, everybody’s dealing with injuries. It’s such a cliché, but the coaching staff, the players, we all have to pitch in and figure it out and figure out how we’re going to construct the offense. And maybe some things will be the same, and maybe some things will be a little bit different.

“Most importantly right now, I’m very disappointed for Will because Will’s a great guy. He’s really been playing at a high level.”

The No. 21 overall pick in 2016, Fuller has missed nine games in his first three NFL seasons. He has dealt with hamstring injuries, including one this season that caused him to miss a game. He also missed the first three games of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone.

He is averaging 11.7 yards per target this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, among players averaging six targets per game, that ranks second in the NFL.

Before tearing his ACL this season, Fuller had 32 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.



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Houston Texans WR Will Fuller tears ACL


HOUSTON — The Texans lost wide receiver Will Fuller for the season after he tore the ACL in his right knee during Thursday’s win over the Miami Dolphins, coach Bill O’Brien said Friday.

O’Brien said he did not have a date for Fuller’s surgery.

Fuller injured his knee midway through the fourth quarter while attempting to catch a deep pass from Deshaun Watson in the end zone. He was checked out on the field but was able to walk off under his own power.

“[Fuller has] been playing well,” O’Brien said. “But that’s the thing about this league. I think if you go through every team, everybody’s dealing with injuries. It’s such a cliché, but the coaching staff, the players, we all have to pitch in and figure it out and figure out how we’re going to construct the offense. And maybe some things will be the same, and maybe some things will be a little bit different.

“Most importantly right now, I’m very disappointed for Will because Will’s a great guy. He’s really been playing at a high level.”

Fuller left the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Fuller easily beat his defender across the middle and down the right sideline, trotting the final 5 yards into the end zone. The pass was the longest touchdown of both Watson’s and Fuller’s careers.

The pair has connected for 11 touchdowns in 11 games played together.

Fuller has missed nine games in his first three NFL seasons. He has dealt with hamstring injuries, including one this season that caused him to miss a game. He also missed the first three games of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone.

He is averaging 11.7 yards per target this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, among players averaging six targets per game, that ranks second in the NFL.

Before tearing his ACL this season, Fuller had 32 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

O’Brien said the Texans, who don’t have much depth at receiver, will continue to explore options to add to the wide receiver corps but feels “there’s a lot of guys in that locker room that can help fill the void.”

The coach said he hopes to get rookie receiver Keke Coutee back from a hamstring injury “at some point” to make up for some of the loss of Fuller’s production. Houston also has veteran Sammie Coates and rookie Vyncint Smith. The Texans could also lean on rookie tight ends Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins.

“Obviously, if they could do them like Will, they would have been out there like Will,” O’Brien said. “But there’s definitely guys who can do some things. We’ve got a lot of good players in that locker room.”



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Will Fuller, Houston Texans wide receiver, ruled out with knee injury


HOUSTON — Wide receiver Will Fuller left the Houston Texans‘ game Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins because of a knee injury.

Fuller injured his knee midway through the fourth quarter while attempting to catch a deep pass from Deshaun Watson in the end zone. He was checked out on the field but was able to walk off under his own power.

Fuller left the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Fuller easily beat his defender across the middle and down the right sideline, trotting the final five yards into the end zone. The pass was the longest touchdown of both Watson’s and Fuller’s careers. The pair have now connected for 11 touchdowns in 11 games played together.

The receiver missed a game earlier this season because of a hamstring injury.

After the game, coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t have an update on Fuller’s status. “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.



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Chicago Bears match offer sheet from Green Bay Packers on Kyle Fuller


When the Packers signed cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet Friday, the Chicago Bears had five days to match it.

They didn’t even take five hours.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Bears countered the Packers’ offer by giving Fuller a new four-year deal that has a total value of $56 million, with a $14 million average per year. Fuller will effectively be guaranteed $29 million at signing.

The only cornerbacks with richer deals are Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins, Trumaine Johnson of the New York Jets, Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings and Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Bears placed the transition tag on Fuller on March 6, guaranteeing the cornerback $12.971 million for 2018 and giving Chicago the right to match any offers.

Green Bay had been looking for a top-level cornerback after trading away cornerback Damarious Randall, its first-round pick in 2015, to the Cleveland Browns this week in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer.

It now will have to look elsewhere.

After Fuller looked all but done with the Bears before the start of the 2017 season, he turned in arguably his best season with 67 tackles, 2 interceptions and 22 pass breakups. Chicago brought in multiple cornerbacks last spring, in essence to replace Fuller after the 2014 first-round draft pick suspiciously missed the entire 2016 season following a routine knee scope, causing the team to decline his fifth-year option.

Fuller started 46 games for the Bears over four seasons. As a rookie in 2014, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions against San Francisco in Week 2.

ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson and Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.



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D.J. Swearinger rips Washington Redskins for trading CB Kendall Fuller


Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger made it clear via social media that he did not like losing cornerback Kendall Fuller as part of the trade for quarterback Alex Smith.

A number of teammates expressed their support for Fuller on Twitter after the Redskins traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs, along with a third-round pick, for Smith. They voiced support for Fuller, whom many even privately said after the season that he had the best year of anyone in the secondary.

Swearinger, though, took it one step further the morning after. His initial comments after the trade stemmed from wondering if it was a joke to a three-word tweet: “This is unbelievable.” His opinions only grew harsher after he woke up Wednesday.

It started with a tweet that read, “Never Saw Any Bulls— Like This In My Life!! Idc who i rub wrong because you never sat in a meeting nor put in work with my dawg!! People say they wanna win right but you throw away your best defender!?!? Somebody you can set a standard with?!?! #Defense will win championships!!”. A short time later he tweeted that the Redskins took a “Major Step down from the best slot corner in The Game!!”

Swearinger later deleted both tweets.

Fuller was widely respected in the Redskins’ locker room in part because of his preparation and also how he performed. As a rookie in 2017, he was coming off knee surgery at Virginia Tech and struggled in the slot. He was eventually replaced. But he played well all season in that position, with coaches praising him throughout the year. They liked how smart he was and how he reacted decisively.

The Redskins had discussed Fuller as possibly moving to the outside corner position opposite Josh Norman as Bashaud Breeland is a pending free agent.

The players knew all of this. Swearinger, though, took it harder. He pointed out how Fuller had graded out to 90 percent on his assignments, the best score among the defensive players.

Still, other players were more measured in their social media comments. However, Swearinger was known for being vocal with Washington. Before the first practice of the week, he routinely gathered the team together after stretching exercises to verbally let them know what needed to be done. After a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, he criticized some players for not being as prepared as they should have been.

And he punctuated his thoughts on Twitter with this: “Men And Woman Lie!!! #NUMBERS Tell The Truth!!! Offense Wins Games!! Defense Wins Championships!!!”





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