Tom Savage not expected to play unless Texans eliminated from playoff contention

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The Texans are expected to return the keys to the offense to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick while they are still in playoff contention.

Fitzpatrick was not awful as the Texans starter this season but did little to advance the teams chances of winning. He was replaced by Ryan Mallett two games ago but a pectoral injury to Mallett has Fitzpatrick back for more starts.

Rookie Tom Savage continues to sit on the bench waiting for his chance and signs point to him waiting longer. At 5-6 on the season the Texans are still in the AFC playoff race – even if it is barely.

With games against the Titans and Jaguars in the coming weeks they could climb back above .500 before facing off against the Colts and Ravens. The Texans could be in a position to need only one win in those games as they do get the Jaguars again to finish out the regular season.

Of course if Fitzpatrick is unable to do anything this week and the Texans lose they very well could pull the plug on him and insert Savage.