Texans Lose Ryan Fitzpatrick to Broken Leg
The Houston Texans marched into week 15 with a shot at keeping their division title hopes alive. They exited without their starting quarterback and one step closer to missing out on the playoffs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick succumbed to a broken leg against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and will reportedly miss the remainder of the season. Fitzpatrick’s injury forced raw rookie Tom Savage into action against Indy, and should likely have the Pittsburgh product taking snaps under center the rest of the year as Houston’s new starter.
No More Fitzmagic
Fitzpatrick had previously been benched in favor of Ryan Mallett, but with Mallet being lost for the year with his own injury, Fitzpatrick got his job back three weeks ago.
In his first game back under center, Fitzpatrick hung six touchdowns on the Tennessee Titans and kept the Texans in the playoff hunt with a second straight win last week over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston was once again in the game against the Colts before he left with his injury, but Fitzpatrick’s run with the Texans ultimately ended in week 15.
On to Savage
While Fitzpatrick had his moments, he was benched for a reason, as he was just too inconsistent and at times even ineffective. Savage didn’t step in and light up the Colts, but he looked to be in control of the offense and did well enough to give Houston a shot late in a close contest. He’ll get the last two weeks to show the Texans what he has and whether or not he’s worth investing in as a starter in 2015.
Playoff Hopes Dashed
With their veteran passer sidelined for the rest of the day, the Texans struggled to find consistent offense and bowed out to the Colts. The loss dropped Houston to just 7-7 on the year and likely eliminated them from a tight AFC playoff race. The loss also secured the AFC South division for the Colts, leaving the Texans to hope they can win out and get a lot of help from other teams.
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