Yates came in during last week’s 10–6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, after starting quarterback Brian Hoyer exited early with a concussion. Hoyer has reportedly been suffering from memory loss since sustaining the injury. Yates entered the game in the third quarter and went 5 for 11, throwing for 69 yards and the go-ahead touchdown.
Hoyer didn’t practice on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but O’Brien is optimistic he will return to practice and play next week.
Hoyer’s former backup Ryan Mallett was released by the team after he missed a charter flight for a road game earlier this season. The Texans claimed quarterback Brandon Weeden off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.
Sunday will mark Yates’s sixth career start. His last regular season start was during Week 17 of the 2011 season.
Kickoff between the Texans (4–5) and Jets (4–5) is set for 1 p.m. ET.
- Beth Maiman