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QB Tyrod Taylor expected to practice this week

Following Sunday's 31-5 loss at Arizona, Head Coach David Culley said Tyrod Taylor will be practicing on Wednesday. If he's healthy, the starting quarterback could possibly return to the lineup as early as next week against the Los Angeles Rams.

"I'll just have to wait till Wednesday to see," Culley said. "He is going to start to practice, and we'll see how things are at that point. I feel like he is a lot further along now and he's getting closer but won't be able to answer that until Wednesday."

The Texans are expected to designate Taylor to return off the Reserve/Injured list so that he can begin practicing. According to league rules, once a player is designated for return, clubs have a 21-day practice window to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR.

In Week 2, Taylor injured his hamstring on a touchdown run in the second quarter at Cleveland. Culley said the Texans want to make sure that Taylor's mobility is back to full strength following the injury.

"Just to make sure when he's running around back there that there's nothing hampering him from being the kind of player that he is using his legs," Culley said. "If there's nothing there, then we feel good about going and playing with him, but the only way we're going to find that out is to practice him."

Taylor was 31-of-44 for 416 yards, completing 70.6 percent of passes for three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 122.9 passer rating in two starts this season. He also rushed for 55 yards on five carries for a score.

The Texans will host the Los Angeles Rams on October 31 in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.

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