The Houston Texans prepared for the Los Angeles Rams this week with Tyrod Taylor back on the field. Taylor practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time after missing five games while on the Reserve/Injured list.
"We will designate him for return," Head Coach David Culley said Wednesday. "As far as his status for the game, that's still up in the air right now."
The Texans made the roster move official on Wednesday, designating Taylor for return off IR. According to league rules, teams have a 21-day window to decide whether to activate a designated player to the 53-man roster.
Culley has stated that Taylor is the team's starting quarterback when healthy. However, Rookie Davis Mills, who started the last five games in Taylor's absence, was the one to receive first-team reps on Wednesday.
"Davis will get the reps today," Culley said. "Tyrod, we are just easing him back into practice, just to see where he is at. Tyrod is a veteran. He's been around here. He doesn't have to have all the reps. Davis needs the reps. If Davis is going to be playing this week as our starting quarterback, and right now, he is. As we move into the week, if we feel good about where Tyrod is at, we will give him some of his reps, but him being a veteran quarterback, that's not an issue."
In Week 2, Taylor injured his hamstring on a touchdown run in the second quarter at Cleveland. 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. He also rushed for 55 yards on five carries for a score.
The Texans will practice today and Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. They'll host the Los Angeles Rams on October 31 in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.