Bill O'Brien: Ryan Mallett to keep No. 2 QB job

Ryan Mallett was working with the Houston Texans' third-string offense on Friday, one day after the quarterback reportedly slept through practice. The embarrassing demotion is only temporary.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien wasn't feeling too chatty about Mallett's delinquency -- he didn't even confirm that the QB had overslept -- but he did say Mallett has not lost his grip on the team's No. 2 quarterback job.

"(The) situation with Ryan not being at practice (Thursday), that's between Ryan and I," O'Brien told reporters, via ProFootballTalk. "There are a lot things that I will explain to you and I realize that you have a job to do, I really do. I said that in the very first meeting with you this year. I have a lot of respect for you and your profession and what you're trying to do with information and all those things. I get it. But some things are left within the team, and this is one of them.

"I'm not going to take any more questions on (Thursday) as it regards to Ryan Mallett."

It's been a rough stretch for Mallett, who learned Monday that Brian Hoyerhad won the team's quarterback competition, a conversation with O'Brien captured by *Hard Knocks* cameras. We imagine Mallett's misadventure on Thursday morning only strengthened O'Brien's belief he made the right decision.

Always charge your iPhones, people.

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