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Houston Texans name Tyrod Taylor starting quarterback

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans on Monday made it official: Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback.

The announcement by head coach David Culley was expected and confirms that star Deshaun Watson, embroiled in legal problems, will sit on the roster but not play.

The Texans open at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Culley also said Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil practiced all last week, expressing hope that his conditioning will be on par to play this week. Tunsil was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in mid-August.

Taylor, 32, has started 47 games in his career and made the Pro Bowl with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He has completed 61.4 percent of his passes and thrown for 9,770 yards, with 54 touchdowns against 20 interceptions for his career. He’s 24-21-1 as a starter for his career.

He spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Watson is listed as third on the depth chart behind Taylor and rookie Davis Mills.

Watson signed a four-year, $160 million contract last year but requested a trade over the offseason after watching the franchise part with several star players. He also reportedly was upset at not being consulted during the team’s search for a new head coach following the departure of Bill O’Brien.

Watson also stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits, and he is reportedly the target of a grand jury investigation.

–Field Level Media