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Texans QB C.J. Stroud will not play Week 16 vs. Cleveland

It will be a battle of the backup QBs on Sunday.

Houston Texans v New York Jets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Houston Texans will be without their star rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud for a second week in a row as he still is recovering from a concussion he received two weeks ago against the New York Jets.

He will remain in concussion protocol through next week and will not be available to play against the Cleveland Browns in their Week 16 matchup.

Head Coach DeMeco Ryans told the media that this concussion will not end Stroud’s season. Though

Last week, veteran QB Case Keenum took over the office for Stroud and led Houston to a comeback 19-16 overtime victory over the Tennessee Titans. Keenum is slated to start against against the Cleveland Browns veteran QB Joe Flacco.

Houston will be without their other top rookie DE Will Anderson Jr. (ankle) while LB Blake Cashman will also be sidelined with a hamstring injury. The bad news doesn’t stop there as starters WR Nico Collins, LB Denzel Perryman, and DT Maliek Collins are all questionable with limited practice time on Thursday.

Houston enters Week 16 at 8-6 facing a Cleveland team one game ahead of them in the Wild Card race. Houston is also competing to stay ahead in a three-way race for the AFC South with the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.