HOUSTON – Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, coach David Culley said Thursday.
Taylor hasn’t played since the second quarter of Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, when he injured his left hamstring. Culley said Thursday that there has been no setback with Taylor’s hamstring injury and that the quarterback is finally healthy enough to play.
From the beginning of Taylor’s time on injured reserve, Culley said Taylor would return as the Texans’ starter and that he gave Houston the best chance of winning.
“Coach [Culley] He said early on that I would be the starter when I was healthy and grateful that he kept it, “Taylor said.
Taylor has seen the opposite come true many times before. In 2018, Taylor left a Week 3 game due to a concussion and was replaced by then-rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns won the game and Mayfield kept the starting job.
And in 2020 with the Los Angeles Chargers, Taylor was named a starting quarterback at the start of the season. Taylor broke two ribs during the Chargers’ first offense in the season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but it ended the game.
The following week, a Chargers team doctor tried to give Taylor an injection of pain medicine just before kickoff and accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung. First-round rookie pick Justin Herbert started that game and all other games for the remainder of the season. Herbert won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Taylor said that when he suffered his hamstring injury this season, he initially thought about his injury history and the fact that it happened again.
“But that thought hasn’t necessarily resonated since then,” Taylor said. “It was unfortunate that it happened … but I can’t control it. You have to change your mind to get healthy again and do things day after day to stay on track so that I can get back out there and still be able to perform at a high level “.
Taylor, who was placed on injured reserve before Houston’s Week 3 game, said he was initially told it would be a four- to six-week window to recover from his injury.
“The hamstrings are tricky,” Taylor said. “Usually you feel good mentally before you feel better physically. So, you try to try it, you do your best, but at the same time, you also have to listen to your body. You don’t want to put yourself at a higher risk of getting too much back. early “.
Taylor injured his hamstring while running for a touchdown during the second quarter at Cleveland and said he immediately knew something was wrong.
“I knew I was injured at the time, I tried to get off the field,” Taylor said. “Still in pain, I didn’t necessarily know what it was, I just knew something was wrong with the hamstring. I came back for the two minute ride. I got out of my pocket once and tried to accelerate and … I just tried to get to halftime and basically see what the doctor said.
“Obviously, he didn’t want to go out. The coach made the decision, he thought it was better before going out and injuring him even more.”
Taylor returned to practice on October 27, but was not ready to return in Week 8.
Before he was injured in Week 2, Taylor had completed 70.5% of his passes for 416 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Taylor was replaced by rookie quarterback Davis Mills, who was 0-6 in his six starts and completed 67% of his passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Texans have been outscored 122 points, the worst in the NFL, in eight games this season. Houston’s only win came against Jacksonville in Week 1 with Taylor in center.
Taylor said it was frustrating to be on the sidelines during the losing streak, not being able to do anything about it, but “lead my way” and help Mills the best he could. On Wednesday, Taylor was able to participate in a full practice in the same way he did before injuring his hamstring.
“I think our coach told me yesterday … I guess he read our numbers or my practice numbers and it was like you should have been excited yesterday just to be back,” Taylor said. “Yeah, I felt like a little kid running around and being able to be myself. So you definitely miss it when you’re not there.”