Wednesday, October 27

What happened to Tyrod Taylor? Injury details, updates with Texans QB out vs. Panthers

Tyrod Taylor’s first game and a half as a starter for the Texans went very well. He led the Texans to a surprise victory over the Jaguars and completed 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and scored two total touchdowns in the first half of his Week 2 game against the Browns.

He would not play after halftime.

“Something happened on the touchdown,” said Texans coach David Culley. ESPN, from Taylor’s injury that occurred during his touchdown run midway through the second quarter. “It wasn’t to the point where he felt like he couldn’t go … As he is, he never said anything to anyone.”

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In fact, Taylor was left lame after the play and limped a bit down the field after it.

Still, Taylor remained in the game for the Texans until halftime. However, he was called out after intermission as a result of the injury.

What is Tyrod Taylor’s injury?

Taylor is dealing with a hamstring injury. The Texans haven’t specified whether he’s dealing with a strain or tear, but it’s a soft tissue injury and they tend to last. Recovery time for a Grade 1 or 2 hamstring strain can range from three to eight weeks depending on Mercy Health. A grade 3 strain can take up to three months to recover.

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How long will Tyrod Taylor be out?

Taylor is expected to be on the sidelines for about four weeks with the injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. That would put him on track to return for the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Cardinals. He’ll be out a minimum of three weeks after his IR placement, so the earliest he can come back would be Week 6 against the Colts.

This also means that Taylor’s injury is likely to be minor.

Who is the starting quarterback for the Texans?

Davis Mills will be the starting quarterback for the Texans in Taylor’s absence. Mills is a third-round rookie who the Texans selected with the 67th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was the team’s first pick in the draft.

Mills went to Stanford and appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals under coach David Shaw. He had 3,468 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 65.5 percent of his passes.

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Mills was a five-star recruit out of his school, and while he’s raw, he has a sizable edge. He weighs 6-4 and weighs 217 pounds, and has a quality arm. You just need more reps and polishing considering your inexperience.

After replacing Taylor against the Browns, Mills completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards, a TD and an interception. The touchdown was a short shot near the goal line.

Is Deshaun Watson available to play for the Texans?

Deshaun Watson is on the Texans’ 53-man roster, but they have decided not to activate him for any of the team’s first three games. He has been charged with sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints, so Texans are keeping him inactive until that situation is resolved.

The NFL has yet to issue a ruling on Watson’s status, as the criminal investigation into the allegations surrounding him is ongoing.

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