HOUSTON (CBS Radio) – These are the news, notes, and quotes that you need to know from Monday, Oct. 5.
And Your Starting QB vs. the Colts is…
Ryan Mallett. Given the short week heading into Thursday night’s matchup against the Colts at NRG Stadium, head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t waste any time announcing this week’s starting quarterback.
“I think right now being on a short week, it’s important for us to stick with Ryan,” O’Brien said. “I’ll say this again, we all have to do better. Ryan has to play better, we have to coach better and we all have to play better, so I believe Mallett understands that.”
Bill O’Brien gave the following injury update: safety Quintin Demps (hamstring), wide receiver Nate Washington (hamstring) and linebacker Whitney Mercilus (leg bruise) are day-to-day. Receiver Cecil Shorts will probably be out for Thursday’s game with a dislocated left shoulder. He was wearing a sling on that shoulder in the locker room Monday and is out indefinitely. Cornerback Kareem Jackson underwent the NFL concussion protocol on Sunday after leaving the game early, but as of Monday afternoon, O’Brien hadn’t checked with the team doctors on whether or not Jackson has been cleared.
O’Brien also said Arian Foster came out of Sunday’s game healthy and should be ready for Thursday night.
Thin at Wide Receiver
With injuries to Shorts and Washington, the Texans’ receiver corp could be bare bones unless the team makes a roster move.
“We’re in the process of discussing some things,” O’Brien said. “We haven’t made any moves yet.”
Planned Schedule on a Short Week
O’Brien said the Texans will hold a team meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday followed by a special teams meeting. Then they’ll have a walk-though at 5 p.m. for about an hour, hour and a half. The team will do a similar schedule on Tuesday morning, but O’Brien said the walk-through will be more of a jog-through – more physical work although not contact. Wednesday will be a normal day-before-the-game routine.
“It’s time to turn the page on Atlanta and move very quickly on to Indianapolis and that’s what we’re doing,” O’Brien said. “So, in this regard, even though Atlanta was a very physical football game, that’s why it’s difficult because you’re playing on a Sunday and it’s a real smash-mouth type game and then you got to turn around and play on Thursday. That’s tough but in this instance it’s probably a good thing for our team.”
Showing Some #HTownPride
O’Brien opened up his press conference on Monday acknowledging the Astros and their first postseason berth in 10 years.
“I just want to congratulate the Astros and A.J. Hinch on just a great Wild Card berth and good luck. I’ll definitely be rooting hard for the Astros in that game.”