HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is in the last phase of the concussion protocol. Bill O’Brien said he’d know more about his status on Wednesday.

Even if the Texans clinch the AFC South – which they’ll do if the Bengals beat the Broncos in Monday Night Football, O’Brien said that Hoyer – assuming he passes the concussion protocol – would be the starter.

“Brandon [Weeden] has done a really good job,” said O’Brien. “He did a good job in the Indy game, he did a good job yesterday. But if Brian is healthy and cleared, he’s our starter.”


O’Brien said that linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is “day to day”. He’s dealing with a foot issue. Per O’Brien there’s no structural damage, and it’s possible that he’d be able to play against the Jaguars Sunday.

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III missed Sunday’s 34 – 6 win over the Titans. He injured his hamstring during the Texans 16 – 10 win over the Colts. When asked about his availability, O’Brien said Shorts would not be ready this week.

When asked about the toughness of his team, O’Brien mentioned some of the usual suspects: defensive end J.J. Watt (playing with a broken hand), linebacker Brian Cushing, nose tackle Vince Wilfork (playing all the snaps he has), and tackle Duane Brown. He also touched on center Ben Jones.

“Ben Jones has more injuries right now than you can shake a stick at,” said O’Brien. “He said ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m going to be out there at practice Wednesday.'”

Paul Gallant co-hosts the “B-Straw and Pauly G” show – Tuesdays 9-11 PM, Wednesdays 8-11 PM, and Fridays 8-11 PM – on SportsRadio 610. He also hosts SportsZone Unfiltered – Fridays at 10 PM – on The Kube: Channel 57. Get in touch with Paul via email or at his facebook page: Paul Gallant: SportsRadio610.


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