Tyrod Taylor is officially back. The Texans activated the quarterback from injured reserve on Saturday, per ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. To make room on the roster, the team placed linebacker Christian Kirksey on injured reserve.
Taylor returned to practice in late October, and head coach David Culley made it clear that the veteran would start once he was healthy. The 32-year-old started the Texans’ first two games this season, completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 416 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He added another 55 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Taylor landed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury during Week 2.
Davis Mills has been serving as the starter ever since, but the results haven’t been great. His best performance came against the Patriots as he completed 21 of 29 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Pats won 25-22, and the Texans went on to drop their next three games to the Colts, Cardinals and Rams
Taylor hasn’t started more than three games since the 2017 season. While his return should provide a small spark to a struggling Texans offense, it’s unlikely the veteran will be able to guide Houston out of the cellar.
Kirksey suffered a fractured thumb and ligament damage during Sunday’s loss to the Rams, and now he’ll be sidelined for at least the next three games. The 29-year-old joined the Texans this offseason, and he’s collected a team-leading 56 tackles in eight starts.