HOUSTON, Texas — After Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Ryan Mallet was found to have played with a torn pectoral muscle. Earlier in the week, head coach Bill O’Brien would not officially say that Mallett was lost for the season and that he needed to be evaluated.
That evaluation appears to be over as the Texans officially place Mallet on the Reserve/Injured List which ends his 2014 season. The Texans, also, signed quarterback Thad Lewis who has some NFL experience with the Buffalo Bills.
O’Brien says, “We placed Ryan Mallett on IR or we will, we’re in the process of it if it hasn’t been done already. Placing him on injured reserve. I just want to say something about that, too. The other day what we try to do is we try to give the guy complete evaluation from our doctors, maybe other doctors, before we give a final determination of what the injury is. That’s why it takes a few days. I know this is a fast-paced news cycle or whatever, but it takes a few days to determine what the injury is, what the extent of it is and we go from there in the best interest of the player. Along the lines of the quarterback position, Ryan Fitz (Fitzpatrick) will be our starting quarterback on Sunday and then we’ll figure out who the second quarterback is throughout the week here whether it’s going to be Tom Savage or Thaddeus Lewis.”
O’Brien, also, named Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game versus the Tennessee Titans. Fitzpatrick has been 4-5 as the starting quarterback for the Texans.
Fitzpatrick says, “Just going about my business like I always do in terms of preparing and getting myself ready, getting the guys ready, going out there in practice and trying to get better every day and showing up on Sundays.”