Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA;  Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) scrambles against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half at NRG Stadium. Indianapolis Colts won 31 to 0 .Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Davis Mills tabbed as Texans’ starting QB for rest of season

Houston Texans coach David Culley on Friday named rookie Davis Mills as the team’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

“Davis will be the quarterback,” Culley said. “I feel like he gives us the best chance to win, and going forward, he’ll be the quarterback.”

Mills’ next start — the seventh of his career — comes Sunday as the Texans (2-10) host the Seattle Seahawks (4-8). He is 0-6 as Houston’s starter this season.

Mills relieved an injured Tyrod Taylor during the Texans’ 31-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. Neither quarterback was all that effective, as Mills completed 6 of 14 passes for 49 yards while Taylor was 5 of 13 for 45 yards with an interception.

Mills, 23, has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,406 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions in eight games this season. He was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Stanford.

Taylor, 32, is dealing with a torn ligament in his left wrist. He has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 966 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions in six games.

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Sep 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) looks to pass the ball during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans activate starting QB Tyrod Taylor

The Texans activated quarterback Tyrod Taylor in time for him to start Sunday when Houston visits the Miami Dolphins.

Taylor sustained a strained hamstring in Week 2, a 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns, and has been sidelined since. He was designated to return from injured reserve on Oct. 27, and coach David Culley said Friday that Taylor hadn’t had any setbacks in his recovery.

In his absence, rookie quarterback Davis Mills directed the offense to an 0-6 record. The Texans are 1-7, as are the Dolphins.

Before the injury, Taylor had completed 70.5 percent (31 of 44) of his passes for 416 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Taylor, 32, has a 4-2 career record against Miami.

Also Saturday, the Texans put linebacker Christian Kirksey on injured reserve. The 29-year-old broke his thumb in a Week 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals but played 91 percent of the defensive snaps last week against the Los Angeles Rams.

In eight starts this season, Kirksey has 56 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

The Texans also elevated defensive back Jonathan Owens to the active roster from the practice squad.

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Sep 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans expect Tyrod Taylor to start vs. Dolphins

Houston quarterback Tyrod Taylor hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery from a hamstring injury and is expected to start Sunday when the Texans visit the Miami Dolphins, coach David Culley said.

Taylor sustained a strained hamstring in Week 2, a 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns, and has been sidelined since. He was designated to return from injured reserve on Oct. 27, opening his window to practice.

In his absence, rookie quarterback Davis Mills directed the offense to an 0-6 record. The Texans are 1-7, as are the Dolphins.

“We will use the best guys that give us the best chance to win, and Tyrod Taylor gives us the best chance to win,” Culley said Thursday. “He was our starting quarterback for a reason.”

Before the injury, Taylor had completed 70.5 percent (31 of 44) of his passes for 416 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Taylor, 32, is in his 11th season. He has a 4-2 career record against Miami.

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Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Texans QB Davis Mills to start Sunday vs. Rams

Houston Texans rookie Davis Mills will make another start at quarterback Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Coach David Culley confirmed Friday that veteran Tyrod Taylor is still not ready to return from a hamstring injury.

Mills, a third-round pick, took over when Taylor was injured in a Week 2 loss at Cleveland.

The 23-year-old is 0-5 as a starter, completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,047 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has been sacked 15 times.

Houston (1-6) brings a six-game losing streak into Sunday’s home game with the Rams (6-1).

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Sep 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles from the Cleveland Browns defense during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) designated to return from IR

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been designated to return from injured reserve, but coach David Culley said Wednesday he won’t rush him back into action.

Taylor missed the past five games with a strained hamstring, and rookie Davis Mills started in his absence.

The Texans (1-6) will host the Los Angeles Rams (6-1) on Sunday.

“As far as the game, that’s still up in the air right now.”

Culley said Mills would work with the first team at practice Wednesday.

“Tyrod, we’re just easing him back into practice just to see where he’s at. Tyrod is a veteran. He’s been around here,” Culley said. “He doesn’t have to have all the reps. Davis needs the reps, and Davis is going to be playing this week as our starting quarterback, and right now, he is.”

Culley said, however, that Taylor could start against the Rams even with limited practice if he progresses nicely during the week.

The Texans could use an offensive spark.

With Taylor running the offense, Houston gained 449 yards in a 37-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. He was injured in Week 2, a 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

On the season, the Texans have been outscored 203-97.

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Oct 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) drops back to pass the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Davis Mills to start for Texans vs. Cardinals

Davis Mills will start at quarterback Sunday when the Houston Texans visit the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, coach David Culley said Wednesday.

Culley said the Texans hope starter Tyrod Taylor, who is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, could see some practice time this week. That gives him a chance to start against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 31.

Taylor will be the starter when he is healthy, Culley reiterated. He has been out since injuring the hamstring in Week 2.

Taylor has started 49 games in his career, and he made the Pro Bowl with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He has completed 61.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 10,186 yards with 57 touchdowns against 20 interceptions for his career. He’s 25-22-1 as a starter.

Mills, a third-round draft pick from Stanford, is 0-4 as a starter in relief of Taylor. He has completed 63.3 percent of his passes (88 of 139) for 912 yards, throwing five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The Texans are 1-5 on the season.

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Sep 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) improving but return unclear

The injured hamstring of Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor is improving, but a timetable for his return to action remains unclear.

Coach David Culley said Monday that Taylor is listed as day to day but wouldn’t commit to him practicing this week.

Taylor suffered the injury on Sept. 19 in a 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Taylor was placed on injured reserve later in the day, and Culley has been steadfast that he will return to the starting job.

Taylor, 32, has started 49 games in his career and made the Pro Bowl with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He has completed 61.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 10,186 yards, with 57 touchdowns against 20 interceptions for his career. He’s 25-22-1 as a starter.

The Texans (1-5) will play Sunday at the Arizona Cardinals (6-0).

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Sep 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) kneels in the end zone following his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) out for Thursday night

Houston Texans starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been ruled out for Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury, NFL Network reported Monday.

Rookie Davis Mills is expected to get his first professional start when the Texans (1-1) host the undefeated Carolina Panthers. He replaced Taylor in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Taylor, 32, is set to have an MRI on Monday. He was injured when he scrambled to score a 15-yard touchdown with 7:06 left in the second quarter that gave the Texans a 14-7 lead. He played the next series, then was replaced by Mills, a third-round draft pick from Stanford.

Before leaving, Taylor was effective, completing 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 416 yards and three TDs. He has not thrown an interception.

Mills was 8-of-18 passing for 102 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Houston wide receivers Danny Amendola (hamstring) and Nico Collins (shoulder) also were injured on Sunday.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) is held by Houston Texans offensive tackle Geron Christian (72) as he rushes Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Texans QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) out rest of game vs. Browns

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor will miss the rest of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns with a hamstring injury.

The injury occurred as Taylor scrambled to score a 15-yard touchdown with 7:06 left in the second quarter that gave the Texans a 14-7 lead.

He played the next series, then was replaced by rookie Davis Mills, a third-round draft pick from Stanford.

Before leaving, Taylor was effective, completing 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Houston wide receivers Danny Amendola (hamstring) and Nico Collins (shoulder) also were ruled out for the remainder of the game.

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Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans name Tyrod Taylor starting QB

The Houston Texans on Monday made it official: Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback.

The announcement by head coach David Culley was expected and confirms that star Deshaun Watson, embroiled in legal problems, will sit on the roster but not play.

The Texans open at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Culley also said Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil practiced all last week, expressing hope that his conditioning will be on par to play this week. Tunsil was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in mid-August.

Taylor, 32, has started 47 games in his career and made the Pro Bowl with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He has completed 61.4 percent of his passes and thrown for 9,770 yards, with 54 touchdowns against 20 interceptions for his career. He’s 24-21-1 as a starter for his career.

He spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Watson is listed as third on the depth chart behind Taylor and rookie Davis Mills.

Watson signed a four-year, $160 million contract last year but requested a trade over the offseason after watching the franchise part with several star players. He also reportedly was upset at not being consulted during the team’s search for a new head coach following the departure of Bill O’Brien.

Watson also stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits, and he is reportedly the target of a grand jury investigation.

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