We've seen fewer and fewer major NFL players take any snaps in the preseason this summer. The injury just suffered by Houston Texans' running back Lamar Miller is exactly why.
Less than two minutes into tonight's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Miller took a nasty hit to the leg. Defensive tackle Maliek Collin' helmet went right into the bellcow back's knee.
Miller did not look good coming off of the play, and he was carried off the field. His status is unclear.
That injury occurred on just the second play from scrimmage for Houston. The Texans pulled star quarterback Deshaun Watson after that first series.
Miller's injury has significant implications for a Houston team that is trying to win big over the next two years, while Watson is still on his rookie deal. He's been a very reliable rusher since his second year in the league.
Last season, Miller ran for 973 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games. He's played in at least 13 games in each of his NFL seasons, so he is far from injury prone.
The Texans' backfield isn't totally bare. The team acquired Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason, but he was expected to be more of a change-of-pace back to compliment Miller.
The Texans have one more preseason game after tonight, against the Los Angeles Rams. They open with the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 9.
We'll have more on Lamar Miller's status as it comes out.