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Will Deshaun Watson play with injured Tyrod Taylor?  Texans coach David Culley doesn’t rule it out

Texans fans could see Deshaun Watson return as early as Thursday.

Houston quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Browns, and will not be available for the “Thursday Night Football” clash against the Panthers . Asked after the game about Watson’s availability for Week 3, coach David Culley just replied: “We’ll have to see.”

Culley was also asked who would back rookie Davis Mills as quarterback for the game, to which Culley replied, “We’ll have to wait and see what happens there.”

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Watson is currently listed by the Texans as the team’s third quarterback on the depth chart behind Taylor and Mills.

Earlier in 2021, Watson said he played his last snap for the Texans, immediately sparking business rumors to emerge. A few months later, however, more than 20 civil lawsuits were filed against Watson accusing him of sexual harassment. Watson is currently under investigation by police and NFL, with latest report from AJ Perez of Front Office Sports indicating claims investigation unlikely to be completed before the trade deadline .

That hasn’t stopped teams from learning about Watson as several, including the Dolphins, have been linked as possibilities for a landing spot.

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Before coming out with a hamstring injury, Taylor kept the Texans tied with the Browns. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, and rushed once for a 15-yard score. Taylor had just picked up a win in Week 1 where he had passed 291 yards on 21 of 33 passes, including a touchdown. He also made four 40-yard runs.

Mills, drafted in the third round at Stanford, replaced Taylor in the second period and completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.

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Culley said he believed Mills had “done very well when he came into the game,” especially as he noted that the rookie quarterback had very few reps with the first team.

“I thought he was doing okay and I expected him to be okay. He’s been like that all through training camp,” Culley said. “Even in the preseason games when he was there he had a choice early on, he came back and did what Davis normally does and just go to the next game and go from there.”

During his career at Stanford, Mills completed 65.5% of his passes for 3,468 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

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