As we all know, Tyrod Taylor is expected to miss Thursday Night Football against the Panthers due to a hamstring injury. The length of Taylor’s injury was the question remaining. The MRI was completed and it turns out Taylor suffered a Grade Two hamstring strain. That means we will likely be seeing Davis Mills under center for the Texans’ next four games.
Source: Texans' Taylor expected to be out four weeks with Grade 2 hamstring strain, Davis Mills to start, Jeff Driskel expected to back him up @SportsTalk790 @iHeartRadio https://t.co/8zxE8LZooW— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 20, 2021
To make up for it, the Texans are calling Jeff Driskel up to the 53-man roster. Prior to the season beginning, we expected to only see Mills if Houston found themselves 2-7 or so; after a substantial amount of time learning the offense, Mills would come in and get a shot at showing the Texans’ brass he flashed enough that they didn’t need to draft a QB early in 2022. Mice and men and future plans.
Mills gets the start this Thursday night against a very stout Carolina defense. We should also see him at Buffalo, New England, at Indianapolis, and maybe at Arizona. It’s a brutal slate for a rookie quarterback who has an awareness rating of 33.3.
The other sad news is Nico Collins, Houston’s promising rookie wideout, will miss a month. He caught a nice slant against Cover Four nd broke off for a big gain against the Browns early last Sunday. Sadly, he hurt his shoulder, and Collins is also expected to be out for the next month. The Texans lost their intriguing vertical sideline wide receiver.
Source: Texans' Nico Collins out three to four weeks @SportsTalk790 @iHeartRadio https://t.co/aBVWrahdXJ— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 20, 2021
Chris Conley and Brandin Cooks will continue to run the sideline. Houston will maybe get Anthony Miller back this week, which will help soften the blow of losing Collins. Danny Amendola left last week with a hamstring injury as well and is a limited practice participant as of now.
The Texans host the Panthers this Thursday at 7:20 p.m. CDT.