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Fuller sustained the injury in the second quarter of the Texans' loss to the Los Angeles Rams while attempting to catch a short pass in the middle of the field. After the game, Fuller said his ribs were "a little sore, but I should be OK."

The wide receiver did not practice on Wednesday.

"He took a pretty good shot," coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday. "He's a tough guy. ... Very tough guy, especially for the way he's built. He's one of our better receivers when it comes to blocking. He does a lot of different things for us that people probably don't even notice. But he's slightly built."

Fuller missed the first three games of the season after he broke his collarbone during training camp. In six games this season, Fuller has 17 catches for 326 yards and 7 touchdowns.


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LOS ANGELES -- Wide receiver Will Fuller V was ruled out with a ribs injury suffered in the Houston Texans' 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams but said after the game that his ribs are "a little sore, but I should be OK."

Fuller was injured in the second quarter after he took a hard hit while attempting to catch a short pass up the middle of the field. The wide receiver stayed down on the field and was helped up and to the sideline by the Texans' medical staff.

"It always hurts [to be without Fuller]," quarterback Tom Savage said. "He's a dynamic player to take the top off the defense, and I hope he's all right."

Prior to the injury, Fuller had two catches for 15 yards on three targets. This season, he has 17 catches for 326 yards and seven touchdowns in six games, after he missed the first three weeks with a broken collarbone.


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Photo by Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY SportsCoach Bill O'Brien has tried to keep Deshaun Watson involved in the Texans' daily activities as the rookie quarterback recovers from his season-ending knee injury.

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