Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil could be out for four weeks as he returns from thumb surgery, coach David Culley said Wednesday. Culley also repeatedly said Tyrod Taylor will be the Texans’ starting quarterback when he returns from his hamstring injury.
Tunsil left in the first half of Sunday’s 25-22 loss to the New England Patriots after falling on the ground while blocking in the final minutes of the second quarter. Tunsil, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, was replaced by Geron Christian at left tackle.
“Maybe we’re thinking right now it could be four weeks,” Culley said. “Not really sure, but that’s what we’re thinking it could be.”
Meanwhile, Taylor, the 32-year-old veteran quarterback, has missed multiple weeks with a hamstring injury but will start again when healthy, according to Culley. Taylor’s absence made 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills the starter for a Texans club that is off to a 1-4 start ahead of Sunday’s bout with the Colts. In four games, all losses, Mills has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions. He has fumbled twice and been sacked 11 times.
Culley added on Wednesday that he doesn’t believe in players losing their job to injury and thinks Taylor still gives the team the best chance to win. Taylor has played in two games this season, throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Culley said he was not sure how much longer Taylor will be out.
“We’re hoping it’s soon,” Culley said of Taylor, who is on IR. “We’re just taking it week by week right now. He’s progressing very well, but he’s not ready right now.
“He gives us the best chance to win. He’s our starting quarterback. He was our starting quarterback when he went down. He was doing an excellent job. And when he comes back, he’ll still be our starting quarterback.”
Texans GM Nick Caserio was not as committal. During an interview with SportsRadio610, Caserio said that “when Tyrod is ready to go, whenever that is, we’ll ultimately make the decision that’s best for our team. … We’re not going to predetermine anything.”
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