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Houston Texans QB David Mills to start vs. Los Angeles Rams

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HOUSTON — Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills will start Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams because Tyrod Taylor is not ready to return from injured reserve, coach David Culley said Friday.

The Texans activated Taylor’s 21-day window on Wednesday, when he returned to practice after missing five games on injured reserve with a left hamstring injury.

“We just don’t feel Tyrod [Taylor] is ready right now,” Culley said. “He’s made a lot of progress, but not enough progress to be ready to get back out there and start.”

Taylor was injured during the first half of the Week 2 game against Cleveland. He was replaced in the second half of that game by Mills, a third-round pick in this year’s draft.

Mills has completed 63.3% of his passes for 912 yards, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. The Texans have not scored a touchdown on the road since Week 2 and have been outscored 102-8 in their last three road games.

Culley has said multiple times that Taylor will be the Texans’ starter when healthy and that he doesn’t believe in players losing their jobs because of an injury.

“[Taylor] gives us the best chance to win,” Culley said earlier in the month. “He’s our starting quarterback. … He was doing an excellent job, and when he comes back, he will still be our starting quarterback.”

Before he was hurt in Week 2, Taylor had completed 70.5% of his passes for 416 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

After the Texans’ Week 7 loss to the Cardinals, Culley said he wanted to “make sure that when [Taylor is] running around back there that there’s nothing hampering him from being the kind of player that he is, using his legs.”

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Chargers’ Michael Davis makes wild interception in back-and-forth game with Bengals

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CINCINNATI — A potential touchdown turned into a big turnover for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a deep ball to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase down the sideline with Chargers cornerback Michael Davis trailing behind Chase.

From there, it all went south for Cincinnati. Chase bobbled the pass and deflected it behind him, which allowed Davis to not only make up the distance between them but also give him a chance at an interception.

When the two players went to the ground to pluck the ball out of the air, Davis was the one holding it. He gave the Chargers their second turnover in as many defensive drives and compounded Cincinnati’s woes in a game with playoff implications.

For Chase it was the sixth drop of the season and the second that resulted in an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Things got worse from there for the Bengals. The Chargers turned the turnover into points when quarterback Justin Herbert found Keenan Allen for a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving Los Angeles a 16-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first quarter.

The Chargers extended their lead to 24-0 after a trick play in which Allen found Herbert for 2-point conversion.

Turnovers on three straight possesions by the Chargers allowed the Bengals to claw back to within 24-22 when Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon scored midway through the third quarter.

But a fumble by Mixon at the start of the fourth quarter allowed the Chargers to extend their lead again. It was the sixth turnover of the game.



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Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half with potential head injury

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left the game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals’ rally.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrel took over. No further word on Bosa was immediately available.

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third.

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Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, WR Odell Beckham Jr. active vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A source had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team was not optimistic about him being able to play but he would test out his injured thigh before Sunday’s game before it made a decision.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., also is active. Like Henderson, he was listed as questionable. Beckham has a hip injury.

Running back James Robinson is active for the Jaguars. He had been listed as questionable due to heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been hobbled for weeks with the injuries but was feeling better Saturday.

Henderson, the Rams’ top running back, has rushed for 648 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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