The Houston Texans have placed quarterback Tyrod Taylor on injured reserve, and Davis Mills will take over at quarterback.
Head coach David Culley said Tuesday that rookie quarterback Davis Mills will start Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers after veteran signal-caller Tyrod Taylor was placed on injured reserve.
Taylor injured his left hamstring in the first half of the Texans’ 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and will miss at least the next three games. Mills took his position in the second half of that game.
In the Texans’ loss against the Browns, Mills, the team’s third-round draft pick in April, completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
On Tuesday, Culley said of Mills, “He’s been ready.” “I think he’ll feel more at ease starting the game now that he’s gotten those reps. I believe that in the second half, when he had to go out and play, not having those reps in practice and suddenly being able to say, “I’m up,” made a difference.
“And I believe this week… when we start the game and he’s out there, I think it’ll be a lot more comfortable.”
QB Davis Mills will start on #TNF on September 21, 2021, according to the Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans).
Culley said on Monday that Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson would not play against the Panthers on Thursday night. Watson was also held out of Houston’s opening two games of the season.
The NFL has not barred Watson from participating in team activities despite the fact that he is currently facing 22 active lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior.
Watson, who is 26 years old, requested a trade in January after becoming dissatisfied with the franchise’s direction and the procedure used to hire current general manager Nick Caserio.
Houston will most likely call up quarterback Jeff Driskel from the practice squad to replace Mills on Thursday, according to Culley.
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