Earlier on Monday, Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller announced on Instagram that he’s been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
Will Fuller’s contract is up after this season. He’s out for this season, will miss the first game of next season and might now have played his last down in Houston. https://t.co/flpzppjyIO
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
And on Monday night, Houston cornerback Bradley Roby announced that he too has been suspended six games for a PED violation.
Texans’ CB Bradley Roby announced he also is being suspended six games. pic.twitter.com/pNcNC8otAU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1, 2020
So, two Houston starters are handed season-ending suspensions on the same day. Yikes.
Fuller is Houston’s No. 1 receiver and one of the best big-play threats in the NFL. He had 53 receptions for 879 yards (16.6 AVG) and eight touchdowns this season. The 26-year-old’s presence was especially valuable for Deshaun Watson after Bill O’Brien (inexplicably) traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals over the offseason. The Green Bay Packers tried to trade for Fuller — in the final season of his rookie deal — before the Nov. 2 trade deadline, and are surely happy now that the deal fell through.
Roby, 28, had one interception and seven pass deflections this season after signing a three-year, $31.5 million with Houston over the offseason. The seven-year veteran was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2014 draft.
Houston (4-7) has been playing better football after firing O’Brien, with wins in three of their last four games. But these suspensions are a huge hit to their talent and depth, and put even more pressure on Watson to basically win games on his own.