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Texans offense glad Will Fuller, V back on field

Will Fuller, V will likely play on Sunday against the Titans.

That makes him happy. That makes his teammates happy. That makes his coaches happy.

After missing the first three regular season games and the bulk of August with a collarbone injury, the wide receiver practiced on a limited basis last week, and has been a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Bill O'Brien said he would "see him being ready to go on Sunday" against Tennessee, and Fuller explained how the time apart from his teammates has been.

"I was real bored," Fuller said. "I didn't know what to do. I was in the treatment room every day trying to get better. It was real boring, though. So, I'm happy I'm back out there practicing."

Fuller caught 47 passes for 635 yards and two touchdowns last season as a rookie. The 2016 first round draft pick started the season off with 107 yards receiving against the Bears in Week 1, and then 104 yards the next week against the Chiefs.

Fellow wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins welcomed the second-year speed demon back with open arms. 

"It's good to have Will back," Hopkins said. "He can stretch the field, he can do some things that I can't do that some of these other receivers in the locker room can't do, so it's good to have that dynamic out there on the field. It opens up our playbook a little bit more."

Two weeks ago in Cincinnati, the Texans were limited, weapons-wise. Fuller was out, as were tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson, along with receiver Bruce Ellington.

Every one of them, aside from Fiedorowicz, will likely suit up against the Titans, and the addition of Fuller to the mix should be a benefit to the Texans offense.

"It gives us a guy on the outside who runs good routes, who's got good speed, can stretch the field," quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said. "It's another weapon and you always want your full complement of guys out there, so it certainly does a good job of distributing the coverage and they're going to have to be aware of it if he's out there."

Fuller roasted the Titans at NRG Stadium last autumn, catching seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, and adding a 67-yard punt return for a score as well. Getting back on the field against Tennessee will be his first game action with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, and that has him excited.

"I like playing with him," Fuller said of practicing with Watson. "He's a great guy. I just can't wait to get on the field with him on Sunday."

Kickoff is set for Sunday at noon CT inside NRG Stadium.

Check out the best 15 shots of WR Will Fuller V from the 2016 season.

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