Texans’ running back Lamar Miller to miss season because of knee injury

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller, who led the team with 973 yards rushing last year, will miss the 2019 season because of a torn ACL and MCL suffered Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.

Miller, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018, was injured in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys when he took a helmet and shoulder pad hit to the knee from defensive tackle Maliek Collins. The eighth-year running back didn’t play in Houston’s first two exhibitions.

“It’s very tough,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said after Saturday’s game. “You have a guy that’s so special to our team. Anybody that gets hurt, it’s tough. But he’s one of the guys that has a lot of energy and a lot of power for this team. It’s tough to see him go off in the cart.”

With Miller sidelined, former Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson is likely to step in as the starter. Johnson has made 10 starts and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in four NFL seasons.

Injury report: The Los Angeles Rams will be without two backups, linebacker Josh Carraway and offensive lineman Aaron Neary, for the entire season after each was injured Saturday. ESPN reported that Carraway tore his Achilles and that Neary suffered a broken ankle. … Cardinals rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler was placed on injured reserve because of a broken hand.

Starting nod: Washington head coach Jay Gruden said that quarterback Case Keenum will start the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 8. Keenum was chosen over veteran Colt McCoy and rookie Dwayne Haskins.

“As it stands right now, we’ll start with Case at the opener and then Dwayne will get himself ready to play and we’ll go from there,” Gruden said.

Washington acquired Keenum in March from Denver, where he started all 16 games last season.

Sunday’s exhibition: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger capped his night with a 17-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the visiting Steelers beat the Tennessee Titans 18-6.

“I wasn’t as crisp as I would’ve liked to have been,” Roethlisberger said, “but I think we got enough accomplished.”

The Steelers came up with four of seven sacks by halftime and had a turnover as they pummeled all three quarterbacks for the Titans.

Roethlisberger made his preseason debut and was rusty with two short series. But after Stephon Tuitt sacked Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota for a safety, Roethlisberger drove the Steelers 48 yards after the free kick and finished with the TD pass to Smith-Schuster.

Briefly: Former 49ers and Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals. Crabtree started 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season. … New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated from the non-football injury list and practiced with the team. Gordon, suspended by the NFL in December 2018 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, was conditionally reinstated by the league on Aug. 16. … The Miami Dolphins released safety T.J. McDonald, who started 14 games last season. … The Patriots signed linebacker Scooby Wright, a Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa alum, and waived former Cal wide receiver Maurice Harris.

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