Texans coach Bill O’Brien: Ryan Mallett will start against Colts

The Houston Texans are sticking with quarterback Ryan Mallett.

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Ryan Mallett will start for the Texans when they host the Colts on Thursday night, coach Bill O’Brien announced.

Mallett was benched after completing just 12 of 27 passes for 150 yards and an opening-possession interception that led to Atlanta’s first touchdown in a 48-21 loss on Sunday.

Brian Hoyer, who began the season as the starter but lost the job after Week 1, came in and led three meaningless touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

Hoyer wouldn’t say who he thinks will start against the Colts.

"That’s the coach’s job to make that decision just like he did last time," Hoyer said. "We will be ready to go either way."