The Houston Texans quarterback depth was pushed to the limit when backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke had to leave the field with injury.
Heinicke entered the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter after Texans quarterback T.J. Yates had to go into concussion protocol. However, in the third quarter Heinicke got hit and the back of his head slammed off of the turf.
He reluctantly went into the medical tent to be examined for a concussion, but Yates was able to return to the field for the next series.
The Texans signed Heinicke in late November, because of injury issues at quarterback. They lost rookie Deshaun Watson to an ACL injury he suffered during practice midway through the season. Tom Savage, who began the season as the Texans’ starter but was benched after one half of the first game, then took over the starting role. However, Savage was recently placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion.
Heinicke was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. He played college football at Old Dominion.
A season that looked promising for the Texans has turned into quite a disappointment because of injuries. They’ve had one of the best defenses in the league in recent years, but lost defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to season-ending injuries this season.