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Texans to start Case Keenum or Thad Lewis on Sunday

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The Houston Texans have not been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but their season took a hard left turn towards irrelevance on Sunday.

Following Ryan Mallett's season-ending torn pectoral muscle in November, the team lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg. Rookie Tom Savage finished off the loss to Indianapolis, but Savage injured his knee and will not be available this week against Baltimore, coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday.

That leaves two options to start for O'Brien: Thad Lewis, or Case Keenum, who was signed Monday off the St. Louis Rams practice squad. That would seemingly put Lewis in line to start, but Keenum has more experience in O'Brien's system after spending the offseason with Houston. Lewis was only signed a month ago. O'Brien says he will look at Lewis and Keenum in practice before making a decision.

"There's a definite advantage with (Keenum)," O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle. "He was here when we installed the offense. He spent a lot of time with us."

All of those Case Keenum fans from last season might just see their guy start once more for Houston, against all odds.

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