TJ Yates won’t start for Texans in Week 17

Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If the Houston Texans were to go out on Sunday and tank their game and secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, no one could blame them. Because of that, there was a chance that the Texans could roll T.J. Yates out as the starting quarterback against the Tennessee Titans, but interim head coach Wade Phillips said that will not be the case.

While we don’t know who will be the team’s starting quarterback in the regular season finale, the choice is down to Matt Schaub or Case Keenum.

“Both of the other guys [Case Keenum and Matt Schaub] have played a whole lot, and going into the last game, they give us the best opportunity,” Phillips said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.  “It just would be hard for T.J. to come in after not playing any the whole year.”

Keenum is recovering from a torn ligament in his thumb, so his health will ultimately determine whether or not he can go in Week 17.

If he is healthy, then he will likely be given the starting job over Matt Schaub.

Topics: Houston Texans, TJ Yates

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