Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he is still evaluating his quarterbacks, and may not name a starter for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals until game day.
Rookie Deshaun Watson replaced Tom Savage in the second half last Sunday, and was seen working with the first-team offensive line during the portion of Tuesday’s practice that was open to the media. The NFL Network reported on Monday that Watson is expected to be named the starter as long as a minor ankle injury he suffered on Sunday is healthy enough.
“I don’t think there’s a rule that I have to publicly announce it,” O’Brien said Tuesday.
Savage was 7-of-13 passing for 62 yards and was sacked six times by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. Watson was 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and another interception that was negated by a penalty.
Watson’s mobility could be a factor in O’Brien’s decision, with left tackle Duane Brown continuing to hold out, right guard Jeff Allen injured in the loss to the Jaguars and Houston allowing 10 sacks in Week 1.
The Texans also placed tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz on injured reserve due to a concussion, and activated wide receiver Jaelen Strong from the reserve/suspension list.