Ryan Mallett (chest) was seen leaving the Houston Texans ' sideline before the first half was over, the Houston Chronicle reports. He found himself involved another controversy, and explained that he thought the half was over.
To an outside observer, it looked like Mallett, who had been removed from the game after getting hit earlier in the second quarter, was miffed about being replaced by Brian Hoyer. Head coach Bill O'Brien appeared to corroborate Mallett's excuse, explaining the he had also thought the half was over before coaches pulled him back. This is the second time Mallett's been involved in a minor controversy. During the preseason, chronicled for the cameras of HBO's "Hard Knocks," he overslept and was late for a practice, just days after losing the training-camp battle to Hoyer.
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett in the second quarter of the 27-20 loss Thursday night to the Colts, ultimately completing 24 of 31 passes for 312 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Mallett produced zero points on the first three drives, leading to a benching for the second straight week. Hoyer threw a terrible interception on the last drive, but he otherwise played an excellent game, putting up 20 points on six possessions.
Hoyer will likely be the Week 6 starter, but it will still be interesting to see what Bill O'Brien says in his post-game press conference.
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett during the second quarter of the Thursday night game against the Colts.
Mallett got off to another slow start, completing 5 of 10 passes for 50 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Benched in the second half of last week's blowout loss to the Falcons, Mallett was again replaced, only this time Bill O'Brien didn't wait until the contest was out of reach.
Hoyer led the team to 10 points on its final two drives of the first half, but seven of those points came on a Hail Mary to rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (illness), who will start Thursday's game in Houston Cougars , said his energy levels are low and he hopes he can make it through all four quarters, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reports.
Hasselbeck has been dealing with a bacterial infection since the weekend, and he doesn't seem to have recovered. With Andrew Luck (shoulder) inactive, the Indianapolis Colts will turn to Josh Johnson if Hasselbeck can't make it through the game.
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (chest) is active for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts , Aaron Wilson of the Houston Cougars Chronicle reports.
Mallett was never in danger of missing the game, but he could be in danger of losing his job if he turns in another poor performance. With Arian Foster ready for a full workload and Andrew Luck (shoulder) sidelined, the Houston Texans will likely fall far short of their league-leading 50.3 pass attempts per game.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (illness) will start Thursday's game in Houston Cougars , Thursday's game in Houston, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Despite dealing with a virus since Sunday, Hasselbeck is in better shape than Andrew Luck (shoulder), who will be inactive for Thursday night's game. Hasselbeck was decent in last week's overtime win over Jacksonville, but the downgrade from Luck to the 40-year-old severely limits Indy's offense.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is inactive for Thursday's game in Houston Cougars , NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Luck threw the ball around during pregame warmups, but he wasn't expected to play. Matt Hasselbeck , who has been sick all week, will get the start at quarterback.
Ben Roethlisberger relayed that team doctors are pleased with his progress, as the QB bounces back from an MCL sprain, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
While Fowler speculates that Week 8's game against the Bengals "seems like a prime return" for the QB, for his part, Roethlisberger (who has "graduated to stationary bike work") has not put forth a timetable on that front, noting "we're just going to keep taking it week-by-week and try and get back as soon as I can." In the meantime, Mike Vick will continue to start in Roethlisberger's place for the 2-2 Pittsburgh Steelers .
Though Andrew Luck (shoulder) is slated to throw pre-game, Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is expected to start Thursday's contest against the Texans, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Hasselbeck remains under the weather after dealing with a virus, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, but it appears as though the Indianapolis Colts are inclined to play it safe with Luck in Week 5, with an eye toward having him ready for the team's Oct. 18 game against the Patriots. Confirmation, either way, however, of Hasselbeck's anticipated Thursday assignment, may not arrive until closer the Colts' 8:25 ET kickoff Thursday.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates while Andrew Andrew Luck (shoulder) is slated to throw pregame, Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is expected to start at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday night's game against the Texans.
According to Rapoport, Hasselbeck "flew to Houston planning to start," a notion echoed by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who relays via a source that Hasselbeck (who is still feeling under the weather) is on track to start the contest.
We'll continue to monitor the situation as Thursday's kickoff approaches, but it appears as though the Colts are inclined to play it safe with Luck in Week 5, presumably with an eye toward having him available for the team's Oct. 18 contest against the Patriots.