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Quick Hits: Houston Texans v. Carolina Panthers

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The injury bug has attacked your Houston Texans early and often.

This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers will take place without starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor or high profile rookie wide receiver Nico Collins. From the looks of it, Danny Amendola and Terrance Mitchell will join them as inactives.

With Taylor out for the foreseeable future, Tim Kelly’s offense (which is FAR greater than Bill O’Brien’s!) is left in the capable (?) hands of rookie QB Davis Mills.

Here’s the story lines to follow from the NFL:

  • Houston rookie quarterback DAVIS MILLS is expected to make his first-career start on Thursday. Mills, who was selected in the third round (67th overall) out of Stanford in the 2021 NFL Draft, passed for 102 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut last week.
  • Wide receiver BRANDIN COOKS led the team with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 and is aiming for his fourth consecutive game with at least 75 receiving yards. He also has a touchdown reception in three of his past four games.
  • Running back MARK INGRAM had two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in his last game on Thursday Night Football (December 12, 2019 with Baltimore) and he leads all active running backs in career rushing yards (7,450) and rushing touchdowns (63).
  • Running back DAVID JOHNSON has 487 scrimmage yards (121.8 per game) and three rushing touchdowns in four career games on Thursday Night Football.
  • Running back PHILLIP LINDSAY had a touchdown catch in Week 2 and is one of two players in the league with both a rushing and receiving touchdown this season.
  • Linebacker ZACH CUNNINGHAM leads the Houston defense, as his 176 tackles since the start of the 2020 season are the most in the NFL.
  • Fellow linebacker CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY recorded a fumble recovery last week and is one of three players in the league with both an interception and fumble recovery this season.
  • Safety JUSTIN REID had an interception and forced fumble in Week 2 and is one of two players with an interception in each of the first two weeks of the season.

Who are you most anxious to see this week?