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Bill O'Brien: Brian Hoyer will start Sunday vs. Jags

Brandon Weeden's week of glory has been upstaged by a suddenly healthy Brian Hoyer.

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters that Hoyer practiced Wednesday and will start under center on Sunday for the first time since Week 14.

"He's out of the concussion protocol. Cleared by the specialists," said O'Brien, whose Texans (8-7) can clinch the AFC South with a win against the Jaguars or a Colts (7-8) loss to the Titans. Houston also owns a swath of tie-breaking scenarios over Indy.

In Hoyer's absence, Weeden produced the finest start of his career, with two passing touchdowns and a rushing score in Houston's 34-6 pounding last Sunday of the Tennessee Titans.

Hoyer, though, deserves the start after a strong campaign that has seen the former Cleveland Browns starter toss 18 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

It baffles the mind, slightly, to ponder a playoff club led by Hoyer and Weeden, but these are special times we live in. Especially for lovers of the comprehensively milquetoast AFC South.

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