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Braxton Miller trending towards return

Braxton Miller is currently in the league's concussion protocol, but could be back in time for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

"I think that's trending in a better direction," head coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday.

In the Texans 24-13 loss at Tennessee, Miller caught four passes for a career-high 71 yards, including a career-long 57-yard reception before leaving the game. The second-year receiver was evaluated for a concussion after fielding his first career punt for eight yards. Miller made the most of a big opportunity with injuries to fellow wide receivers Will Fuller V and Bruce Ellington. Fuller was inactive while Ellington left the Titans game early with a hamstring injury.

Despite being a healthy scratch for three games this season, Miller's best performances have come in the last two weeks. He is definitely one of the team's more improved players, according to O'Brien.

"He's gotten better and better as a receiver," O'Brien said. "He's made some big plays for us on tough routes, tough catches, yards after catch. It's been really good to see his improvement. He was inactive for a few games this year and he really kind of took it to heart and really worked hard to get better on the practice field, so hopefully he's not out for too long."

The Texans return to NRG Stadium after back-to-back road games to host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon on FOX and SportsRadio 610.

Check out photos from Wednesday's practice as the Texans prepare for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

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