The New Orleans Saints will face Houston’s best at the quarterback position.
Brian Hoyer, who missed the Texans’ win over the Jets last week as he went through the NFL’s concussion protocol, is expected to return to the lineup against the Saints.
“It sounds like he’s out of the protocol as of this morning,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He passed the final test there and he’ll be our starter on Sunday.”
Hoyer, who found himself caught in a battle for much of the season with departed quarterback Ryan Mallett, has played well for the Texans when he’s in the lineup,
The veteran has completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,704 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, but he’s missed the last game and a half after suffering a concussion against Cincinnati.
Now that he’s back, O’Brien can get a jolt for an offense that has helped Houston on a three-game winning streak.
“I want to see him get back to where he was,” O’Brien said. “He was making good decisions for the team, throwing the ball accurately, doing a really good job on third down, understanding the game plan, doing the job that it takes to win the game, meaning like understanding how the game is going.”
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