Brian Hoyer Injury: Updates on Texans QB's Concussion and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Houston Texans' Brian Hoyer (7) throw prior to an NFL preseason football game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
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Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer left Week 10's game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter with a concussion and subsequently missed Week 11. However, he is ready to return to action. 

Continue for updates.

Hoyer Will Start vs. Saints

Monday, Nov. 23

Head coach Bill O'Brien announced that Hoyer has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in Week 12 vs. the New Orleans Saints, via the Texans' official Twitter account.

Hoyer Suffered Memory Loss vs. Bengals

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com said Hoyer told O'Brien that he was having trouble remembering plays, which led to him being examined by doctors. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the injury occurred when Hoyer was hit twice on the first sack of the third quarter.

Experienced Hoyer Vital to Texans' Playoff Push

Hoyer, 30, was 12-of-22 passing for 123 yards and an interception before exiting. 

Signed this offseason to a two-year deal, Hoyer beat out Ryan Mallett during the preseason for the team's starting job. He had prior experience with O'Brien from their time together in New England and was the more experienced of the two under center.

Heading into Week 10, Hoyer had thrown for 1,581 yards and 13 touchdowns against three interceptions. He had lost the starting job for a brief time before Mallett's combination of on-field struggles and off-field immaturity led to his release.

“Things didn’t always go the way we wanted them to in the first eight, but we’re in a position to go out and do some really good things in the second half of the season,” Hoyer said, per Wilson. “I’m fortunate to be the guy that’s going to be able to do that."

If Hoyer ends up injured later in the season, T.J. Yates, who led the Texans to victories over Cincinnati and the New York Jets, will once again step in as the backup.

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