Texans QB C.J. Stroud out vs. Browns for key AFC showdown
C.J. Stroud, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, will not play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. This game is crucial for both clubs in the AFC playoff race.
Concussion problems have sidelined Stroud since late in a Week 14 loss to the Jets. The Texans' Friday practice report labelled him as out, confirming prior reports that he wouldn't play.
Backup Keenum starts for the second straight week. Last week, Keenum led the Texans to a 19-16 win over the Titans. In his one season, he completed 23 of 36 passes for 229 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
According to reports, the Texans decided to add quarterback Tim Boyle, a free agent, to their practice squad on Tuesday since Stroud's availability was uncertain.
On Sunday, Texas (8-6) faces the Browns in a tough AFC playoff game. The AFC's first elimination would occur this week if playoffs begin. Browns (9-5) face four 8-6 wild-card teams, including Texans.
Without Stroud on Sunday, both teams will miss Week 1 starters. Flacco starts his fourth straight game after taking over in Week 12 and leading the Browns to 2-1. DeShaun Watson's shoulder makes him Cleveland's fourth quarterback.
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