Houston Texans have been dealt a huge blow after it was revealed that starting quarterback Ryan Mallett has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 NFL season.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed on Monday that the Texans quarterback will miss the rest of the season after he tore his pectoral muscles during warmups before Houston's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
According to a source with knowledge of the injury, NFL.com reported that Mallett underwent an MRI on Monday after aggravating a chest injury that was listed on Houston's injury report last week.
Houston has a problem
The blow is a huge one for the Texans after they had promoted Mallett to the starting role just last week following poor performances from previous starter and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Losing Mallett to a season-ending injury now leaves Houston with the embarrassing decision of having to go back to a QB in Fitzpatrick that they already know isn't up to scratch.
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Will they go with Tom Savage?
Another option for the Texans is to go with former Pittsburgh college quarterback Tom Savage, with the 24-year-old earning rave reviews in practice and looking more and more likely to overtake Fitzpatrick in the depth chart soon.
Putting in Tom Savage for the rest of the season would be a good move by the Texans. Houston currently sit 5-6 on the season two games back from the wildcard playoff spots, and with four games to go, it would be a great opportunity for Houston to see whether or not Tom Savage is ready for the NFL.