O'Brien: "Not ready" to name starting QB vs. 49ers

Bill O'Brien hasn't named a starting quarterback, and he's not in any rush to do so.

In fact, he might not even select one for the preseason game against San Francisco on Saturday evening.

"I don't know if I'll get into that," the head coach said on Wednesday morning. "Again, it's a preseason game. They matter, it's important. Anytime you go out there and play a game it's important, but again I would just tell you that I wouldn't get too into the order of how we play anybody in this game."

Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer have competed throughout OTAs, minicamp and 12 days of training camp. They remain in a tightly contested battle for the starting spot, and O'Brien said he still hasn't seen enough to make a choice.

"I'm just not ready to make that decision yet," O'Brien said. "I want to see these guys play a little bit against an opponent and see how that goes, and just you know, make sure we're giving them, whoever the starter is, plenty of time to work with the ones and get ready for the first game, but we're a ways away from that."

The first regular season game is September 13 at NRG Stadium versus the Chiefs. The Texans will practice on Thursday morning inside the Houston Methodist Training Center.

Take a look at the best photos from the ninth practice of #TexansCamp.

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