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If you’re going to be watching Saturday’s wild-card matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans for sizzling quarterback play, you’re unlikely to get it.
On Tuesday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien announced that quarterback Brock Osweiler will start. O’Brien had benched Osweiler, the team’s high-priced free agent, during the team’s Week 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and inserted Tom Savage.
After leading the Texans to a win in Week 16, Savage suffered a concussion in the regular-season finale.
Signed to a four-year contract in March, Osweiler has been a disappointment in Houston, with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 15 starts.
Oakland will be playing the quarterback who spent much of its season as the third string: rookie Connor Cook. David Carr broke his leg two weeks ago against the Colts, forcing the Raiders to turn to backup Matt McGloin. But McGloin injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Sunday against the Broncos when he was driven to the turf by Denver’s Jared Crick.
The 100th overall pick out of Michigan State, Cook’s first career start will come on the league’s biggest stage, the postseason.
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