Alfred Blue had his most productive game since 2015 when he started last week for the Houston Texans. This week, however, the former LSU running back could be back on the sideline.
The Texans expect to have starter Lamar Miller back from a chest injury that caused him to miss one game. The team listed Miller as a full practice participant Thursday (Oct. 11) for the first time since the injury. The Texans play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, Blue posted career highs with eight receptions and 73 receiving yards. His 119 total yards from scrimmage were the third-most of his five-year career and the most since 2015. He rushed 20 times for 46 yards. The Texans won in overtime 19-16.
“Blue did a nice job,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said during the week. “He’s always come though for us in those type of games and played well. He did a real good job in the passing game. So, it’s really good to have him.”
A main question now is if Blue played himself into what could be a three-back mix for the Texans. In addition to Blue and Miller, the Texans have second-year back D’Onta Foreman recovering from an Achilles injury while on the physically unable to perform list. He could return as soon as early November, according to reports.
Blue joined the Texas as a sixth-round selected running back in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the second running back selected out of LSU behind Jeremy Hill in the third round to the Cincinnati Bengals.
For his career, Blue has 572 carries for 2,070 yards and seven touchdowns, and he has 58 receptions for 393 yards and two more scores. Before last week, he had 2018 season totals of 49 carries for 116 yards and a rushing touchdown, and one catch for 4 yards.
Aside from Blue, the season hasn’t been a great one for former LSU running backs, with Derrius Guice and Hill both sidelined by knee ligament tears and Leonard Fournette dealing with a hamstring injury that will cause him to miss a fourth game in five weeks this week.
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