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Houston Texans to start rookie Davis Mills at QB on Thursday with Tyrod Taylor out

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills will make his first NFL start on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, coach David Culley said Tuesday.

Tyrod Taylor, who injured his hamstring in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, will not play, Culley said.

Culley announced on Monday that Deshaun Watson will not be active for Thursday's game despite his team's lack of depth at the position.

The Texans could activate Jeff Driskel from the practice squad to back up Mills in Thursday's game.