A torn pectoral muscle ended
A few months into recovery, Mallett still isn't 100 percent, he said at a charity event on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"I'm getting close," Mallett said. "There's no magic potion. I'm trying to get better every day. We'll see how it goes."
The Texans have been talked about as a team that needs to upgrade at the quarterback position this offseason. However, coach Bill O'Brien wants Mallett back in the fold as an option to start in 2015. Mallett is going to hit free agency when the new league year begins if he is not re-signed by Houston before then.
"We're hopeful we get him back," Smith said.
Smith noted that it's “apparent he picked up several leadership traits that were impressive” playing behind Tom Brady in New England, per the Boston Globe.
Texans acquired Ryan Mallett from the Patriots for a 2015 sixth-round pick back before the start of the 2014 season. Mallett had his season cut short after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in November. He completed 41 of 75 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in two starts.
Lewis was signed to the 53-man active roster on Nov. 26, when Mallett landed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He was the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart entering Sunday's game against Indianapolis before Fitzpatrick went down with a season-ending injury. Second-stringer Tom Savage took over for Fitzpatrick but hurt his knee late in the game. As a result, the team signed Case Keenum on Sunday night, who played eight games in 2013 with the Texans and is familiar with the offensive.
"He'd been in our system not long ago," O'Brien said of Keenum, per the Houston Chronicle. "A lot of the things we're doing are what we were doing. He's a bright guy."
A torn right pectoral muscle has landed
Mallett finishes the year having completed 41 of 75 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in two starts. He did not throw a pass in any other game.
O'Brien said he will have "more to report" on Mallett's status later in the week. O'Brien would not name a starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Titans.
"I'm trying to get ready for Tennessee," O'Brien said. "Whether (Mallett is) there or not, the next guy's gonna step up, whoever it is."
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