Texans veteran starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't practice Saturday due to personal family reasons, according to the team.
His absence was planned and not a reason for concern. Texans coach David Culley indicated that Taylor will return Monday.
"Tyrod was excused for a personal reason, a family reason," Culley said. "We talked about that. Yes, he will be back."
With Taylor absent, rookie quarterback Davis Mills and Jeff Driskel handled the workload with the first-team and second-team offense, respectively, while fourth quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has a standing trade request and is participating in training camp, is not again didn't receive any full-team work.
That has been the stance of the organization since Watson, who's facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and or sexual misconduct and 10 complaints being investigated by the Houston Police Department, since he reported to training camp Sunday to avoid $50,000 daily fines.
Signed to a one-year contract with a maximum value of $12.5 million on March 16, Taylor is a mobile former Baltimore Ravens sixth-round draft pick from Virginia Tech with a calm demeanor and strong leadership qualities. If he’s feeling any stress in succeeding the NFL passing yardage leader from a year ago and one of the most dynamic players in the game, he certainly hasn’t shown it. If anything, Taylor exhibits a ton of poise.
“He's been around, he's been a starter, he's a consummate pro,” Culley said. “ I don't use that loosely. He's a consummate pro. He's the first guy in this building every morning.
“He's usually the last guy to leave, and that's every day. That's just who he is. You won't ever hear him a whole bunch talking about this or talking about that. He just goes about his business.”
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.