Texans easing Tyrod Taylor back since returning from hamstring injury

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(SportsRadio 610) - Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since his hamstring injury from Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns.

Head coach David Culley said they want to ease the 32-year-old Taylor back, just to see where he is physically. Culley said since Taylor, now in his 11th NFL season, does not necessarily need as many practice reps, rookie Davis Mills will continue to work with the first team and prepare as the starter.

The Texans (1-6) have lost every game since Taylor went down. In five and a half games, Mills has five touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He is completing 64.9 percent of his passes at 6.1 yards per attempt.

Houston has been outscored 62-8 the past two weeks, and lost 40-0 in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. That's losing 102-8 in the Texans' last three road games.

For a team this bad, it's unlikely adding Tyrod Taylor will make a significant difference. In one game and a half, Taylor threw for a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another. Taylor threw for 9.5 yards per attempt, completed 70.5 percent of his passes with a quarterback rating of 80.8.

Still, Culley has made it clear Taylor will be the starter when he's ready.

Texans center Justin Britt was asked Wednesday about the boost Taylor could provide for a team that's lost six straight games.

"Whenever you have someone like Tyrod who’s played a lot of ball, has a lot of experience, lot of poise, just the leadership he brings makes you kind of feel more confident," Britt said. "We’ve missed him since Week 2, and it’ll be good to have him back. I think Davis (Mills) has had a lot of really good reps and things to learn from, and he’s grown a lot throughout the early part of this season.

"I’m going with the ups and downs, not just him, but collectively as an offense, as a team. We’ve had our struggles, we’ve had our battles, so whenever we get someone like Tyrod potentially coming back this week is just huge to the morale and kind of where we’re at in this season."

Brandon Scott manages digital content for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @brandonkscott.