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Texans placed Tyrod Taylor on injured reserve, rookie QB Davis Mills to start Week 3 vs. Panthers

We break down the Monday news that Tyrod Taylor might miss 4 weeks with Grade 2 hamstring injury. We also learned that DeShaun Watson will not be active.

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles from the Cleveland Browns defense during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Update: Texans coach David Culley announced Davis Mills will start Week 3 vs. the Carolina Panthers. The Texans then placed Taylor and WR Nico Collins on injured reserve.

Monday Update: Tyrod Taylor has a Grade 2 hamstring injury that is significant enough to keep him out for four weeks, per Aaron Wilson. Davis Mills will get the start while Jeff Driskel will be promoted from the practice squad moving forward.

Houston Texans head coach David Culley said on Monday that starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is getting an MRI on his left hamstring and considered day-to-day, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Culley added that Deshaun Watson will not be active for Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy football implications

If Taylor cannot play on a short turnaround, then the Texans’ starting quarterback would be rookie Davis Mills on Thursday night. Mills got his first glimpse of NFL action Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The rookie quarterback replaced Taylor in the third quarter and completed 8-of-18 passes for 102 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Mills’ lone touchdown pass went to WR Brandin Cooks, who led the team with nine receptions (14 targets) for 78 yards. Cooks would likely be Mills’ go-to target against the Panthers if he’s pushed into starting duty. We could also see the Texans continue to lean on their running game to make life easier for the rookie quarterback.