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Bill O'Brien Names Ryan Mallett Texans' Starting QB Against Colts

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The Texans will continue starting Ryan Mallett under center as their most hated rival makes a trip to Houston for Thursday Night Football.

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Despite Ryan Mallett getting pulled in favor of Brian Hoyer during the Texans' embarrassing loss to the Falcons this past weekend, head coach Bill O'Brien is sticking with Mallett as his signal-caller against the Colts.

That was not the only nugget that O'Brien dropped.  He revealed that Cecil Shorts will likely not play on Thursday, and Nate Washington has a decent chance of being sidelined as well. That would leave DeAndre Hopkins and (likely) Keith Mumphery as the two starters against Indianapolis.

Normally I am worried about the drawbacks of having to play two football games in five days, but something tells me that the best medicine for the Texans right now - healthy or not - would be to take out some aggression against an equally questionable Colts roster. What's the worst that could happen, a loss on national television?

Oh..yeah, I guess that would be the worst that could happen. Huh. Well, fingers crossed.

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