Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee was a pleasant surprise this season, and he may be close to making a return from his hamstring injury.
“I think Keke is trending upwards,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, via the team’s official website. “I think Keke’s headed in the right direction.”
Will #Texans WR Keke Coutee play on Sunday?
Bill O’Brien thinks Coutee is “headed in the right direction.”
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 13, 2018
Coutee has played only four games for the Texans, but he made a huge difference early on. Houston lost its first three, and the future looked gloomy. However, Coutee’s stellar performance in his NFL regular-season debut helped ignite their current six-game winning streak.
The Texas Tech product hauled in 11 receptions for 109 yards in his first appearance of the season, giving him the most catches in a debut since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966. He helped his team best the Colts, 37-34, for its first win.
Altogether, Coutee has 21 catches for 196 yards and one touchdown. In his last game, he had only one reception for 3 yards in a win over the struggling Jaguars. The hamstring injury caused him to miss the first three games of the season, so the team will be cautious when determining a timetable for his return.
The Texans have acquired Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos since Coutee’s injury, but they also lost Will Fuller for the season with an ACL tear. Houston is on a roll, and a versatile player such as Coutee who can line up anywhere will only help them maximize their options.
The Texans take on the Redskins at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in the nation’s capital. Both are 6-3 and atop their respective divisions, so this matchup will provide both with an opportunity to extend their leads.