Texans RB Miller, OG Fulton carted off

Field Level Media

August 25, 2019 at 12:22 am.

The Houston Texans lost two offensive starters to injuries on consecutive plays in the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, as running back Lamar Miller and guard Zach Fulton were carted to the locker room.

Miller was hurt on the Texans’ second play, when Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins’ helmet hit the outside of his left knee on a tackle. Miller’s left foot was planted on contact, and the knee buckled inward. Trainers tended to Miller, who was in apparent pain, on the field before he was carted off and to the locker room.

Fulton was hurt on the next play, as his right ankle was rolled into by Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton, who was taking down Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for a strip-sack. Fulton limped off the field before being carted to the locker room.

All of the Texans’ offensive starters sat for the rest of the game, ending their night after one three-play series.

Miller, 28, was seeing his first action of the preseason after rushing for 973 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games last season, reaching the Pro Bowl for the first time. He is entering the final year of a four-year, $26 million contract.

In seven seasons, Miller has missed just seven games.

Having released D’Onta Foreman this offseason, the Texans’ top backup running back is Duke Johnson, acquired from the Cleveland Browns for a conditional draft pick earlier this month. The pick will be a third-rounder if Johnson is active for 10-plus games this season, or a fourth-rounder if he is not.

Fulton, who turns 28 in September, started Saturday’s game at left guard after starting the preseason opener at right guard and last week at center. He made 13 starts at right guard for Houston in 2018, the first year of a four-year, $28 million deal.