Beating the Jaguars isn’t really a bragging point, but for the Texans, it’s all they’ve got this season. Following the offseason addition of veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Houston fans were pleasantly surprised to see him open their season going 21 for 33, amassing 291 yards and 2 touchdowns as they beat the Trevor Lawrence-led Jaguars. Taylor carried the momentum of his strong start into Week 2 as he completed 10 of 11 passing attempts for 125 yards before being sidelined with a hamstring injury that, despite being noncontact, has kept him off the field since. That’s the bad news. The good news is Taylor is set to practice this week. Our algorithm shows Taylor has indeed reached his Optimal Recovery Time, as well as improving his Health Performance Factor to 90%, and the expectation is for him to start the Texans Week 8 contest against the Rams. Hopefully this gives Houston fans a brief respite from what already appears to be a lost season.
Darnold was sent for further testing on his injured right shoulder, and scans revealed a scapula fracture. He is going to land on IR and