Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins spent two seasons playing alongside Andre Johnson and learned how to play the position, be consistent and be professional.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson expects to be busy Sunday when his Cardinals visit the Texans, with standout DeAndre Hopkins figuring to get his attention.
Losing Will Fuller wasn't what the Texans' ailing passing attack needed, and Bruce Ellington is among those expected to help fill the receiving void.
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.
"I just have to figure out how to do a better job in those situations and try to call some better plays," Texans coach Bill O'Brien says.
At 3-6, the Texans have little room for error, but any charge up the AFC South standings will need to be led by the defense.
The Texans are 0-2 since Tom Savage, who knows Bill O'Brien's system but lacks a top starter's skill set, took over for the injured Deshaun Watson.
Houston was up and down with rookie Deshaun Watson but at least showed promise. With Savage under center, the Texans look like they can't compete.
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.
Despite his season-ending injury, the rookie is still preparing like he's going to play each week, staying active with film study and game planning.