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Injured Houston Texans QB Tyrod Taylor yields starting role to rookie, again

CLEVELAND — As Tyrod Taylor sat in the visitors locker room at halftime of the Houston Texans ’ 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns , he insisted he was OK.

During the second quarter, Taylor injured his left hamstring, tweaking it while running in for a 15-yard touchdown. But when Texans coach David Culley went to see how his quarterback was doing, Taylor told him he wanted to play the second half.

“When I went in at halftime, and we looked him over, he says, ‘I’m alright,’" Culley said. “But I looked at him and I looked at him in his eyes and it was just his competitiveness saying, ‘I’m OK.’ But I kind of knew he wasn’t OK.

“But as soon as I realized, I told him, I said, ‘Look, we’re going with Davis [Mills] . I said, this is for the long haul, this is not for the short haul.’”

Taylor, who was replaced by the rookie Mills to start the third quarter, injured his hamstring on the same field he exited with a concussion as the Browns starting quarterback in Week 3 of the 2018 season, a job that year’s No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield took and never gave back.

Taylor’s career might seem snake bitten since he was traded by the Buffalo Bills in 2018. He has started six games over the past four seasons — in part due to injuries — after starting 43 for Buffalo from 2015-17. But in his 11th NFL season, Taylor has embraced the "control what you can control" mindset — something he learned from his last two stops in the NFL.

“If anything, last year, 2020 taught us all, not just athletes, that of course first and foremost your health is very important, of course to yourself, obviously, but to others as well,” Taylor said of playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. “… It also taught us that you have to be ready for change at any given point.”

Change is something Taylor knows well. Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor pulled his hamstring against the Browns Sunday. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland, 2018

The Browns traded for Taylor on May 9, 2018 — the same day Cleveland traded its 2017 starter, Deshon Kizer, to the Green Bay Packers . But Cleveland had used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft on Mayfield.

Drew Stanton was also in the Browns’ quarterback room that season with Taylor and Mayfield and said the “plan all along” was for Taylor to remain the starter. NFL Games Tyrod Taylor Has Started

Year Team Games started QBR 2011 Baltimore 0 13.2 2012 Baltimore 0 63.3 2013 Baltimore 0 70.8 2014 Baltimore 0 – 2015 Buffalo 14 66.3 2016 Buffalo 15 62.4 2017 Buffalo 14 56.2 2018 Cleveland 3 27.0 2019 Chargers 0 3.3 2020 Chargers 1 16.6 2021 Texans ? ? “That room was unique in the sense that you had a first overall pick, but they were going to try and get the team as good as they could before […]

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