In Week 2, Tyrod Taylor was off to a tremendous start against the Cleveland Browns until an injury sidelined him for the second half.
"He's got a hamstring," Head Coach David Culley said. "Not sure how severe it is but he does have a hamstring and it was severe enough that he couldn't play in the second half."
Through the first two quarters, the Houston Texans veteran QB completed 10-of-11 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and a 144.3 passer rating. Taylor also scored on a 15-yard touchdown run to give Houston a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Taylor took every snap but did not return after halftime due to a hamstring injury.
"It was actually right before halftime," Culley said of the injury. "He came off on the sideline running to the left and he kind of pulled up and I knew something was wrong then but he thought he was ok but once we got in and realized that he pulled it pretty good."
Rookie Davis Mills entered the game in the second half and completed 8-of-18 for 102 yards, one touchdown pass and one interception in the Texans' 31-21 loss to Browns. The rookie QB, drafted in the third round of Stanford, completed his first career touchdown pass to WR Brandin Cooks, a two-yard reception that cut Cleveland's lead to 24-21.
The Texans have a short week, hosting the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. If Taylor can't play, Mills could make his first NFL start in Week 3.
"Going into every game, I got to prepare myself like I'm the starter," Mills said. "So, I mean, moving forward, it's the same thing."
In addition to Taylor, WRs Danny Amendola and Nico Collins were also ruled out for the remainder of the game. Amendola had one catch for nine yards and left with a hamstring injury. Collins caught one pass for 32 yards and suffered a shoulder injury.
The Texans will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC, NFL Network and SportsRadio 610. Click here for tickets.
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