Last week it appeared that the Houston Texans had a new franchise quarterback in Ryan Mallett.
Yesterday it looked like Mallett was highly overrated.
Today comes the word that Mallett was playing hurt yesterday and now he is out for the season.
And what, we long-suffering Houston Texans fans are asking, do we do now?
Quarterback Ryan Mallett is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle that will require surgery, according to two familiar with the situation.
The Texans have refused to comment today. Coach Bill O’Brien has his regularly scheduled Monday news conference at 2:30 today.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the first nine games and compiled a 4-5 record, is expected to start against Tennessee on Sunday. Rookie Tom Savage is the other quarterback on the roster. It’s unclear if the Texans will sign a third quarterback.
A torn pectoral muscle affects the entire chest and shoulder.
Mallett was originally injured preparing for his first start at Cleveland, where he played well in the 23-7 victory. Last week, he was participated in practice and was listed as probable on the injury report with a chest injury.
So, does this mean the return of Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Does it mean that we see Tom Savage start?
Or does it mean that the franchise will be signing a new quarterback to help us finish out the season?
Regardless, it seems like the team's flickering playoff hopes are being snuffed out.
Of course, this does lead some of us to wonder if there is this possibility.