Texans Meet Steelers Christmas Day

The Houston Texans have had a 2017 toforget, but Monday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium will be one to remember for at least one Texans player.

Dan Quessenberry, the offensive lineman who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and beat it, will be making his NFL debut after being promoted to the active roster this week. It’s a day Quessenberry says he and his family are excited for.

“I’m excited just to cut it loose and play ball and be like a normal player,” Quessenberry said on Wednesday.

As happy as Quessenberry is, Coach Bill O’Brien is even happier for him.

“To overcome what he has overcome, to be able to step back onto the field in an NFL game is an incredible accomplishment for him,” O’Brien said. 

Quarterback T.J. Yates will start his second consecutive game Monday against the Steelers.

O'Brien affirmed that Yates will remain the starter. He didn't officially rule out quarterback Tom Savage for the remainder of the regular season, but emphasized that he's a "ways off" in terms of being cleared under the NFL concussion protocol.

Yates is hoping to upgrade his performance and production significantly after the entire offense struggled during a 45-7 road loss last week to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In his first start in two years, Yates was sacked four times and hit nine times overall as he completed just 12 of 31passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Monday’s kickoff at NRG Stadium is set for 3:30.

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