Ryan Mallett‘s run as Houston’s starting quarterback is on hold.
The Texans passer might have suffered a torn right pectoral muscle before Sunday’s 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals during warmups, which would end his season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told by a source informed of the injury.
Set for an MRI on Monday, Mallett aggravated the injury during pregame warmups after showing up on this week’s injury report with a strained chest injury. Rapoport was told that Mallett decided to play through the pain after waiting four years for a shot to start.
After his promising debut against the Browns in Week 11, Mallet crashed hard against the Bengals with a 21-of-45 passing performance for just 189 yards and a pick. The Texans wanted to give Tom Brady‘s former backup a long look before his contract runs out after the season, but they’re likely back where they started under center.