The Houston Texans encounter certainty for their upcoming clash against the Tennessee Titans, with rookie standout C.J. Stroud listed as ruled out due to a Week 14 concussion. Despite missing a week of practice, Stroud’s availability hangs in the balance as he remains in concussion protocol.

Head coach DeMeco Ryans prioritizes Stroud’s long-term well-being, emphasizing the significance of health over a single game. The ruled-out designation raises questions about the rookie sensation’s potential absence, adding an element of unpredictability to the Texans’ game plan.

Stroud, a leading candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, has played a pivotal role in the Texans’ 7-6 record, amassing impressive statistics with 3,631 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 13 starts.

Texans Face Quarterback Dilemma Ahead of Crucial AFC Showdown

In the event Stroud is unable to play, the Texans may turn to alternatives such as Davis Mills or veteran Case Keenum. Both quarterbacks have diligently prepared, offering the team viable options to navigate the potential absence of their star rookie.

The setback compounds existing challenges for the Texans, who grapple with injuries to key players like Nico Collins and Noah Brown. The team navigates a fiercely competitive AFC race for a wild-card spot while keeping an eye on opportunities in the AFC South race.

The status of other key players, including Dalton Schultz, Noah Fant, Shaq Mason, and Henry To’oto’o, further adds to the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming game. On a positive note, tight end Dalton Schultz is cleared after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury.