When Brian Hoyer walked to the locker room in the third quarter of Monday night's game with a reported concussion, it was because offensive coordinator George Godsey noticed something was amiss with his quarterback. Godsey voiced his concern to Bill O'Brien, who then spoke with Hoyer; to his credit, Hoyer was honest with O'Brien and reported that he was having trouble remembering plays. That ended Hoyer's night, and Jason La Canfora is reporting that the effects of that concussion will likely keep Hoyer from playing Sunday against the Jets.
Brian Hoyer not scheduled to practice today. Remains in concussion protocol. Texans unlikely to have him available on Sunday— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 18, 2015
Aaron Wilson doesn't go as far as La Canfora does this morning, so take Hoyer's status as you will.
Brian Hoyer not scheduled to practice today, making progress, but still in concussion protocol, status still being determined for Sunday— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 18, 2015
This season has been surprising in many ways, and the fact that Texans fans are likely now lamenting Hoyer's unavailability (after the majority never wanted him starting over Ryan Mallett to begin with) is simply the latest twist in the road that is the 2015 season. While it would certainly be better for the Texans to have Hoyer under center against the Jets on Sunday, here's hoping he gets healthy and gets through the protocol by taking as much time as he needs.
If T.J. Yates does in fact start on Sunday, it'll be his first NFL start since the Texans' divisional round playoff loss to the Ravens in January of 2012. A Yates start will also result in this factoid coming true:
If Hoyer's concussion keeps him out of Jets game, Yates will b 5th QB 2 start 4 O'Brien n 2 seasons: Fitzy, Mallett, Keenum, Hoyer, Yates.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 17, 2015
More on the situation as it develops. In the meantime, sound off in the Comments.
UPDATE: A day later, the Texans have ruled Hoyer out for Sunday's game against the Jets. T.J. Yates will start at QB for Houston.
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