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Houston Texans Injury News: Tom Savage Clears Concussion Protocol

The Texans' one-time starter Tom Savage has been cleared to return to practice, head coach Bill O'Brien announced on Monday.

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Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien handled his normal barrage of questions at his Monday press conference this afternoon. One of the first questions he answered was about quarterback Tom Savage's status.  O'Brien announced that Savage had cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

Savage, 26, exited the Texans' Week 17 game against the Tennessee Titans following a quarterback sneak. Savage was ordered off the field after he slowly rose following the play and was taken back to the locker room. He would later return to the field for one play before halftime to take a knee before being reevaluated and ruled out with concussion symptoms.

Nothing much changes for Savage. He will remain a backup with Brock Osweiler named the starter for the Texans' divisional round matchup with the New England Patriots.

Savage's status could mean he'll be ready to step in again if Osweiler struggles against the Patriots.  Last week, Brandon Weeden was Houston's QB2; it stands to reason that job will be Savage's now.

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