Where have you gone Billy Miller?
Miller, the Texans' starting
tight end, was one of the quarterback David Carr's favorite targets last season.
Through three weeks, Miller has only seven receptions for 40
The decrease in looks can be attributed to the arrival of
first-round draft choice Andre Johnson, who is off to a quick start in his
rookie season. Johnson leads the team in every receiving category and has become
the go-to player for Carr in crunch situations early in the
"We certainly still like Billy," coach Dom Capers said.
"We think he gives us a receiving tight end. The last half of last season with
Corey Bradford injured, Billy Miller was the guy."
signed Miller to a four-year contract worth $4 million on Sept.
Last season, Miller caught a team- and career-high 51
receptions for 613 yards and three touchdowns. He joined Baltimore's Todd Heap
and Arizona's Freddie Jones as the only tight ends to lead their respective
teams in receptions last season. He ranked sixth among NFL tight ends in
During the final six weeks of the season, Miller was
one of the top tight ends in the league with 25 receptions for 293
He was expected to share the tight end duties this season
with second-round draft choice Bennie Joppru. Joppru is out for the season after
surgery in August to correct a pelvic hernia.
"We went to Billy
more than anybody (last season)," Capers said. "Now all of a sudden you add a
guy like Andre Johnson. Billy will continue to factor into our game plans. He
might not get all the balls he got the year before because I think we have more
people to spread the ball around to."
--DE Gary Walker played in
his first game since suffering a sprained left shoulder Aug. 15 in a preseason
game. Walker was used primarily on third down pass-rush situations. "I'm not 100
percent, but you will never find players that play in this league who are 100
percent healthy," he said. "I still have a long way to go."
--Veteran DL Steve Martin got significant playing time against the Chiefs
despite being on the roster less than a week. The Texans have been hit hard on
the defensive line due to injuries to DE Gary Walker and NT Seth Payne. "My body
felt better than I thought it would," Martin said. "I made a couple of mistakes,
but overall I thought it was OK for the first game."
-- LB Jay Foreman injured his hand during the first half Sunday but returned to the
-- G Todd Washington, who is filling in for starter
Milford Brown, suffered a minor ankle injury in the fourth quarter and was
replaced by Fred Weary.
-- LB Jamie Sharper will be held out of
workouts Wednesday with a sore back. The injury is not considered serious, coach
Dom Capers said.
-- RB Domanick Davis continues to be slowed by
a groin injury that sidelined him for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. His
status for this weekend's game against Jacksonville is uncertain.
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