The Latest: Texans Taylor benched, Mills at QB vs. Colts

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (97) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been benched in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor was evaluated for an undisclosed injured after a Houston’s first possession of the third quarter but the team said he was available to play and it was coach David Culley’s decision to insert backup Davis Mills in his place.

Houston trailed 21-0 when Taylor was benched. Taylor threw an interception on the first play of the game and the Texans fumbled on their second possession before punting on their next four drives.

Mills, a rookie from Stanford, took over with about four minutes left in the third quarter.

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Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen has been downgraded to out for the game after hurting his left ankle on the game’s opening drive of their matchup with the Lions

Thielen entered the game tied for the league lead with 10 receiving touchdowns.

He had one catch for no yards prior to leaving the game Sunday.