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Height/Weight: 6-2/223 | Birthdate: 11/24/1982 | Birthplace: Gilbert, AZ, USA | Team: Houston | College: Harvard | NFL Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 21/4 | Average Draft Position: 157.29
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Texans make it official, put Ryan Fitzpatrick on IR


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Texans made it official Tuesday, placing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve with a broken leg. Coach Bill O'Brien has said Thad Lewis or newly-signed Case Keenum will start Sunday against the Ravens.

Texans to decide between Thad Lewis, Case Keenum to start Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Texans announced that Tom Savage will miss Week 16 against the Ravens due to a knee injury he suffered on the penultimate play of Sunday's loss against the Colts. The loss of Savage, Ryan Fitzpatrick (broken tibia) and Ryan Mallett (pectoral) means that the starting job will come down to Thad Lewis and newly-signed Case Keenum, coach Bill O'Brien told reporters, per the team's official website.

Lewis was signed to the 53-man active roster on Nov. 26, when Mallett landed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He was the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart entering Sunday's game against Indianapolis before Fitzpatrick went down with a season-ending injury. Second-stringer Tom Savage took over for Fitzpatrick but hurt his knee late in the game. As a result, the team signed Case Keenum on Sunday night, who played eight games in 2013 with the Texans and is familiar with the offensive.

"He'd been in our system not long ago," O'Brien said of Keenum, per the Houston Chronicle. "A lot of the things we're doing are what we were doing. He's a bright guy."


Texans to place quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on IR


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) After undergoing surgery Monday morning to repair a broken leg, the Texans announced they will place quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve.

Fitzpatrick sustained the injury during the Texans' loss to the Colts Sunday. He joins Ryan Mallett as the second quarterback to be placed on IR by the Texans.


Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick set for surgery Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The fractured tibia Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered Week 15 against Indianapolis was a clean break. According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, Fitzpatrick will have a rod inserted in his leg during his season-ending surgery on Monday.

Fitzpatrick started 12 of Houston's 14 games this season after winning the starting job in preseason. He passed for 2,541 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Fitzpatrick will become the second Houston quarterback to have his season cut short due to injury. Ryan Mallett suffered a torn pectoral muscle in his first start of the season. At this point, Tom Savage appears to be in the driver's seat to take over the starting job Week 16 against Baltimore.


Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss rest of season with broken leg


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a fractured leg during Sunday's game against the Colts, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports. He will need surgery which will cost him the final two games of the season.

Fitzpatrick sustained the injury on a 2-yard scramble in the second quarter and was replaced by Tom Savage.

Fitzpatrick started the season as the No. 1 quarterback before O'Brien benched him in favor of Ryan Mallett in Week 12. Mallett suffered a season-ending injury to the pectoral muscle in his first game. Fitzpatrick appeared in 12 games and passed for 2,541 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

If Fitzpatrick is indeed out for the remainder of the season, coach Bill O'Brien will now have to decide between Savage and Thad Lewis moving forward. Lewis was inactive Week 15.


Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick carted off with apparent left leg injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was carted off the field in the first half of Sunday's game against the Colts with what appeared to be a left leg injury, per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Fitzpatrick sustained the injury on a 2-yard scramble. Tom Savage took over for him in the second quarter. According to John Clayton of ESPN, the medical staff placed an air cast on Fitzpatrick's leg before he was carted off. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 30 yards and rushed for 16 yards on three carries before the team ruled him out got the remainder of the game.

The Texans will likely provide an update on his status after the game.


Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for no TDs following six-TD game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had quite the statistical letdown Week 14 at Jacksonville following a six-touchdown performance Week 13 against the Titans. However, the result was still the same -- a victory for Houston -- as the Texans prevailed 27-13.

Fitzpatrick, unfortunately, had no passing touchdowns Sunday. However, he did have a rushing touchdown. It was a 4-yard scramble that gave Houston a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.

Fitzpatrick completed 13 of 19 passes for 135 yards. He rushed for 19 yards on eight carries. The Texans are back in action Week 15 at Indianapolis.


Ryan Fitzpatrick seizes his opportunity


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) With Ryan Mallett sidelined (and in fact, out for the season) with a torn pectoral muscle, Ryan Fitzpatrick had an opportunity to reclaim the Texans starting quarterback job Week 13 at Houston and appeared to do exactly that with six touchdown passes on 358 yards.

And that's all I'm willing to take away from the performance.

He lost his job to the up-and-comer by being his typical, generally competent but occasionally erratic self, and then verified for the Texans once that up-and-comer went down that he's still the best option they have.

Did he go above and beyond to do so? Of course. But Fitzpatrick has been around long enough for us to know exactly who he is: a generally competent but occasionally erratic quarterback. He isn't the type who's going to throw for six touchdowns every week. Not even Ben Roethlisberger, as some have so painfully learned, is that.

I'm chalking this one up as an outlier and penciling in Fitzpatrick for 225 yards and 1-2 touchdown passes Week 14 at Jacksonville.


Ryan Fitzpatrick sets franchise record with six TD throws


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, in his first start since being benched, responded with a career performance in Sunday's whipping of the Titans. Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 33 throws for 358 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns, posting a 147.5 passer rating.

Fitzpatrick got himself going with a 4th-and-2 scramble. Finding no one open, he took off up the middle for 14 yards. Four plays later, Fitzpatrick zipped an 8-yard touchdown to tight end Ryan Griffin. Fitzpatrick's favorite receiver was DeAndre Hopkins. They hooked up nine times for 238 yards, including 58- and 34-yard touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick also tossed scoring strikes to running back Arian Foster, wideout Andre Johnson and defensive end/tight end J.J. Watt. He doubled his previous career high of three touchdown passes.

Fitzpatrick will try to keep rolling Week 14 at Jacksonville.


Texans QB Tom Savage all but set as backup for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Bill O'Brien is "leaning towards" choosing Texans rookie Tom Savage over newly acquired veteran Thad Lewis as the backup quarterback to Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Sunday game against Tennessee, the Houston Chronicle has reported.

"It's very difficult to ask Thaddeus to come in here and pick up on this offense in three days and be the No. 2 guy Sunday," O'Brien said. "Tom has improved a lot. I think this week has been his best week of throwing the ball. He definitely has a grasp of our offense."

The promotion has Savage smiling, but he's not getting complacent.

"Whether your're two or three, you're always preparing to be the guy at some point," he said. "Nothing really changes for me, just keep working and getting better."


O'Brien: Ryan Fitzpatrick back as starting QB for Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Bill O'Brien has made official what was expected - he has announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick is back as the starting quarterback for the Texans. Fitzpatrick replaces the injured Ryan Mallett.

The veteran started the first nine games of the season before losing his job. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,980 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.


O'Brien: Mallett still being evaluated, won't name QB for Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday quarterback Ryan Mallett is still being evaluated and would not confirm the report Mallett is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn right pectoral, according to The Houston Chronicle.

O'Brien said he will have "more to report" on Mallett's status later in the week. O'Brien would not name a starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Titans. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage are the two other quarterbacks on the roster.

"I'm trying to get ready for Tennessee," O'Brien said. "Whether (Mallett is) there or not, the next guy's gonna step up, whoever it is."


Report: Texans' Ryan Mallett out for season with pectoral injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett has been declared out for the season following a torn pectoral muscle he suffered Sunday against the Bengals, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Mallett sustained the injury during the game, but was able to play through it. In two starts for the Texans, Mallett completed 41 of his 75 pass attempts for 400 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

With Mallett out, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to receive his 10th start of the season in Week 13 against Tennessee.


Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to replace injured Ryan Mallett


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) With reports surfacing that Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered a torn pectoral muscle Sunday against the Bengals, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could be in line to receive his 10th start of the season Week 13.

In nine starts, Fitzpatrick has thrown 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but was benched in favor of Mallett after Week 9.


Report: Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) set for MRI Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett played with a right pectoral injury in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mallett will undergo an MRI Monday and could end up missing several weeks while recovering from the injury. If he winds up missing Week 13, Ryan Fitzpatrick would likely take over under center.


Texans QB Fitzpatrick takes positive approach to benching


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Just-deposed Texans starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick proved diplomatic in his response to his benching by Bill O'Brien.

"I don't like it. I don't agree with it," he told the Houston Chronicle. "But I've been in both sides of this situation. Now it's all about being a good teammate. ... I respect the heck out of coach O'Brien. He made the decision and explained it to me."


Ryan Mallett in, Ryan Fitzpatrick out as Texans starting QB


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Bill O'Brien has announced that Ryan Mallett has replaced struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for the Texans.

Mallett is set to start in Week 11 against Cleveland, after the team comes off its bye. He has participated in just one game this season without throwing a pass.

O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle that Mallett "certainly has a strong arm" and can throw the ball "as far as you want."


Texans QB Ryan Mallett clears the air about 'misconstrued' tweet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Texans backup quarterback Ryan Mallett said Tuesday he is not lobbying to replace starter Ryan Fitzpatrick amid the team's struggles, per the Houston Chronicle.

"All I’m trying to do is be ready and get better," he said. "I always prepare like I’m the starter. I played behind Tom Brady (with New England). Obviously, I didn’t play much, but I prepared the same every week. I don’t expect anything less of myself."

Mallett had tweeted Sunday night following the Texans loss to the Eagles that he was ready to play: “I’m staying focused for when the time comes … seize the opportunity #justwaiting.” He then deleted the tweet and posted another one Monday: "Don’t misinterpret my last tweet. I’m not calling to be the starter. Frustrations of losing. I play my role. I am a team player first. Always."

"(The first tweet) kind of got misconstrued a little bit," Mallett said, suggesting that he was inspired to send out the original after watching Mark Sanchez step in for the injured Nick Foles and lead the Eagles to their victory over the Texans. "All I was saying is I’m ready. Just like Mark. If Mark wasn’t ready when Nick went down, it might not have gone that way for the Eagles."

Texans coach Bill O'Brien has said he will evaluate the quarterback position during the team's Week 10 bye.


Texans will evaluate quarterback position during bye


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Texans coach Bill O'Brien has opened the door for a potential change at quarterback following the team's fourth loss in five games Sunday against the Eagles. He said every position, including quarterback, will be evaluated during the team's Week 10 bye, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is at the center of the criticism amid Houston's recent struggles, which could prompt O'Brien to turn to backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.

"I don’t live in a hypothetical world," Fitzpatrick said.

Although, left tackle Duane Brown feels it's not fair for Fitzpatrick to shoulder all of the blame.

"He’s been playing well," Brown said. "We haven’t made it easy for him at all. It’s tough to make throws when you have guys in your face. They brought some good blitzes. Our job is to try to protect him the best as we can.

"Our offense is built around our running game. When we run consistently it elevates his play and gives us our best chance to win. This game of football’s a total team effort. You can pinpoint one player and criticize him too much. I don’t think he deserves as much harsh criticism as he’s getting."


Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick so-so in defeat to Eagles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been consistently mediocre this season, throwing for fewer than 300 yards in every game and managing no more than two touchdowns in any of them.

The same held true in a Sunday loss to Philadelphia. Fitzpatrick completed just 13 of 27, marking the first time this year he has hit on less than 50 percent of his passes. He racked up 203 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

He did have his moments. He found an open Arian Foster down the right sideline with a perfect pass for a 56-yard score late in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 24-21 early in the fourth with a 7-yard strike on a corner route to DeAndre Hopkins. But that was one of just three completions in seven attempts in the final quarter.

Fitzpatrick will have plenty of time to think about the defeat - his team is on a bye.


Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has turnover-free game in Week 8 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick played turnover-free football during a 30-16 win Week 8 at Tennessee. He completed 19 of 35 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 12 yards on four carries.

Fitzpatrick's only touchdown pass came on a 5-yard completion to running back Arian Foster early in the third quarter, which gave Houston a 20-3 lead. It was the sixth time this season he had one or no passing touchdowns. It was the fourth time he didn't throw an interception.

The Texans are back in action Week 9 vs. Philadelphia.


Texans backing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for now


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Texans coach Bill O'Brien is still backing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick following Monday's loss at Pittsburgh that dropped the team to 3-4.

“Fitzy is our quarterback,” O'Brien said Tuesday, per The Houston Chronicle.

However, for the first time since Ryan Mallett joined the team just before the start of the regular season, O'Brien linked both of the quarterbacks leading up to Week 8 at Tennessee.

"We’re going to continue to work with both of these guys in practice, and we’ll see how it improves," O’Brien said. "And hopefully, it will get better and better, and that will help our offense get better."

The Texans have lost three straight games. Still, O'Brien isn't about to pin all the struggles on Fitzpatrick.

"When you look at our tape … you cannot just point to one position and say that’s the position that is at fault," O’Brien said. "There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It’s not one guy."


Ryan Fitzpatrick fades in MNF loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick got off to a great start Monday against the Steelers, leading three straight scoring drives. But he forced a throw into traffic late in the first half, and it got deflected and picked off by defensive end Brett Keisel.

Fitzpatrick finished 21 of 32 for 262 yards and two touchdowns with the one interception. When he was playing well early, the team converted its first three third downs. Houston finished 4 of 12 on third down. Fitzpatrick has accounted for nine touchdowns and eight turnovers this year.

Both of Fitzpatrick's scoring passes went to running backs, with Alfred Blue taking a short pass 11 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and Arian Foster hauling in a 1-yard score late in the fourth.

Fitzpatrick visits the Titans in Week 8.


Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses one touchdown Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed one touchdown Thursday against the Colts.

Fitzpatrick completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and a score. He was pressured constantly during the contest, taking five sacks. Fitzpatrick started slow, not completing a pass until his eighth dropback. After four straight incompletions, he was sacked twice. He did manage to draw a defensive pass interference call on his seventh dropback, so it was a little better than it looked. After that, Fitzpatrick turned out a solid game until the final drive. With the team down by five, Fitzpatrick turned the ball over after fumbling, ending the game.

Fitzpatrick will take on the Steelers Week 7. 


Every Texans probable good to go Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game.