Brian Hoyer has cleared the concussion protocol and will start in the Texans final game of the regular season against Jacksonville. Hoyer was a full participant in Wednesday's practice after being limited last week.
"Today I thought he looked really sharp," O'Brien said after practice. "It all depends on how it looks on Sunday obviously, but I think he's looked good, he's got good command of our offense and what we're doing, and the ball seems like it's coming out of his hand really well."
The seven-year veteran has thrown 18 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games with eight starts this season. Hoyer suffered the concussion on Dec. 13 against the Patriots and has been inactive for the last two games against Indianapolis and Tennessee.
"I mean, playing in a game and practicing are two different things, so definitely want to get back out there," Hoyer said Wednesday. "For me, it was all about getting cleared by the doctors. Like I said, I feel good so regardless of the situation I wanted to play this week. I think we handled it the right way. I feel good about it, the doctors, the medical staff, they all feel good about it, so now it's just time to go out and play."
The Texans will host the Jaguars in their regular season finale on Sunday at noon CT. With a win, Houston earns a division title and a playoff berth for the first time since 2012.
Check out the Texans, as they arrived at Nissan Stadium to face the Titans.