Ryan Fitzpatrick's season is over with a broken leg, according to a report by Ian Rapoport. The Texans' quarterback was injured in the second quarter against the Colts as he scrambled out of the pocket and attempted to juke linebacker Jonathan Newsome. Newsome appeared to stick out his leg in a last ditch effort to take Fitzpatrick down and hit the Texans' quarterback square in the shin bone. Fitzpatrick was unable to put weight on the leg and was put in an air cast and carted off the field.
Fitzpatrick finished the season with a 6-6 record as a starter (including the loss to Indy today), completing 63.4% of his passes for 2,453 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He posted a career-high 95.9 quarterback rating. Fitzpatrick was bench for former Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett after the team's bye week as result of inconsistent play. Fitzpatrick reclaimed the starting role after Mallett went down for the season with a pectoral muscle injury two games later.
This will be the third time in four seasons that the Texans will turn to their third string quarterback for the remainder of a season. T.J. Yates took over the helm in 2011, Case Keenum finished the 2013 season, and the Texans' fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh Tom Savage has now stepped in. Savage completed 10-19 passes for 127 yards with one interception after coming in for Fitzpatrick today against the Colts. The Texans' offense sputtered in the two-minute drill as Savage and DeAndre Hopkins weren't able to get on the same page.
Assuming Savage is named the starter next week, recently signed Thad Lewis will be the backup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a fractured tibia.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 14, 2014