Houston Texans to start rookie Davis Mills at QB on Thursday with Tyrod Taylor out

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HOUSTON -- Coach David Culley announced Tuesday that the Texans' rookie quarterback Davis Mills will take over for Tyrod Taylor who was injured.

Taylor was hurt in the first period of the Texans' 31-21 Week-2 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He was replaced in the second by Mills. In April, the Texans used Mills as their top pick.

On Sunday, Mills made his NFL debut. He completed 8 of 18 passes, 102 yards, with a touchdown pass, and an interception. The loss dropped the Texans down to 1-1.

Culley announced that Mills would feel more at home on Thursday, as he will be able take most of Tuesday's first-team reps.

Culley spoke of Mills Tuesday, saying that he was "ready". He's done those reps so I believe he will feel more comfortable in the beginning of the game. In the second half, when he had a lot of practice, it made a big difference. He'll feel more comfortable going into the game, and I believe that he will.

Culley didn't have any information on Taylor's return date from his injury.

Culley announced Monday that quarterback Deshaun Watson wouldn't be available Thursday night. This was the same as his absence for Houston's first and second games of this season. Watson is facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour, but the NFL has not restricted Watson from participating in team activities.

In January, the quarterback requested a trade because he was unhappy with the direction of the franchise as well as the hiring process for Nick Caserio, general manager.

Culley stated that the Texans would likely call up quarterback Jeff Driskel, a member of the practice squad, to support Mills on Thursday.