If Will Fuller V was rusty after missing three straight games with a hamstring injury, no one would ever know.
The Texans speedy wideout caught a team-high seven catches for 140 yards in Thursday night’s 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
“I felt great,” Fuller said after the game. “Felt good to be back out there with my guys.”
With the Texans playing on a short week, Fuller was unable to fully test his hamstring since the team held only walkthroughs and not a full practice heading into the Week 12 game against Indianapolis. Fuller said he had been hoping to return to the lineup three weeks ago when the Texans played the Jaguars in London. He continued to rehab and felt this was the week he could finally play again.
“Will's one of the fastest guys in the NFL, I think that speaks for itself, the way he can stretch the field and make plays like he did today,” DeAndre Hopkins said. “Will's a great guy, came back from injury, made plays for us when we needed him today, to have that 1-2 punch is awesome.”
The fourth-year wide receiver averaged 20.0 yards per catch. Fuller’s 51-yard and 44-yard receptions in the third quarter were the first and second-longest plays of the game. The 51-yarder set up a Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
“Yeah, he's a big part of the offense,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He's a really, he's obviously very fast, but he's a very good route runner. Sometimes really fast guys, they're not the best route runners. This guy's got both. He can run great routes and he's got great speed.”
Fuller, in his eighth start this season, tallied the second-most receiving yards he’s recorded in a game in his NFL career and tied the third-most receptions he has recorded in a game in his career. Through eight games this year, Fuller has 41 catches for 590 yards receiving and three touchdowns.