Houston RB Miller expects to play against Lions

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller expects to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions despite a shoulder injury.

''It's getting better daily,'' he said. ''Every morning I'm feeling better.''

Miller was injured taking a hit at the end of a run in the first quarter on Monday night at Denver . He returned for a few plays after the hit, but Alfred Blue got the bulk of the carries after that.

Miller said he would be surprised if he isn't able to play, but isn't sure if he'll be able to take as many snaps as he normally does. He said he had an MRI, which revealed no structural damage to his shoulder, and that it simply will be a matter of managing his pain on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was signed to a four-year, $26 million contract in the offseason after spending his first four seasons with the Dolphins. He has been a bright spot for an offense that has struggled behind new quarterback Brock Osweiler. Miller is fifth in the NFL with 581 yards rushing and has been a workhorse for the Texans, with 136 carries this season, which ranks sixth in the NFL.

Blue has only 30 carries this season playing behind Miller after starting nine games last season when Arian Foster was injured and finishing with a career-high 698 yards rushing. He had 11 carries for 63 yards - both season-highs - after Miller was injured on Monday.

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