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Texans QB Tyrod Taylor’s status for Thursday Night Football vs. Panthers after Week 2 hamstring injury


Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of his team’s week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, which they would go on to lose 31-21. After the game, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Taylor has been ruled out of the Texans’ short-turnaround Thursday night matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

While the severity of the hamstring injury is still unclear (Taylor will have an MRI tomorrow), it now seems extremely likely that Davis Mills will start for Houston on Thursday.

Mills was quite the downgrade from Taylor after subbing in for him in the second half on Sunday. Taylor went 10/11 for 125 yards, while Mills was just 8/18 for 102 yards. Mills, the 22-year-old that the Texans took with the no. 67 pick in this year’s draft, also threw the Texans’ only interception of the game.

The Texans also lost wide receivers Danny Amendola (hamstring) and Nico Collins (shoulder) to injuries during their week 2 matchup. Their loss brings them to 1-1.

Houston will welcome Sam Darnold and the 2-0 Panthers to the NRG Stadium on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. local time. Darnold was great for the Panthers in their week 2 victory over the New Orleans Saints, going 26/38 for 305 yards, including 216 in the first half alone.