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

Written By Jacob Camenker
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Tyrod Taylor's first game and a half as the Texans starter went very well. He led the Texans to an upset win over the Jaguars and completed 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and scored two total touchdowns in the first half of their Week 2 game against the Browns.

He wouldn't play after halftime.

"Something happened on the touchdown," Texans coach David Culley said, per ESPN, of Taylor's injury that happened during his touchdown run in the middle of the second quarter. "It wasn't to the point where he felt he couldn't go. ... The way he is, he never said anything to anybody."

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Indeed, Taylor came up lame after the play and limped around the field a bit in its aftermath.

Still, Taylor remained in the game for the Texans until halftime. However, he was declared out after the 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 if he's dealing with a strain or a tear, but it's a soft-tissue injury, and those tend to linger. The recovery time for a Grade 1 or 2 hamstring strain can range anywhere from three to eight weeks, according to Mercy Health. A Grade 3 strain can take up to three months to recover.

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How long is Tyrod Taylor out?

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

This also means that Taylor's injury is likely of the mild variety.

Who is the Texans' starting quarterback?

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

Mills went to Stanford and appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals under coach David Shaw. He totaled 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 coming out of his school and while he is raw, he has considerable upside. He's 6-4 and 217 pounds, and he has a quality arm. He just needs more reps and polish considering his lack of experience.

After replacing Taylor against the Browns, Mills completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards, one TD and one interception. The touchdown was a short throw 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 accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints, so the 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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