Keenum returning to Texans after Fitzpatrick injury

BY Shawn Ramsey • December 15, 2014

Quarterback Case Keenum is returning to the Houston Texans. 

With Ryan Fitzpatrick out for the season after suffering a broken leg against the Colts and rookie Tom Savage also nursing a knee injury sustained in the same game, the Texans apparently are turning to Keenum to make his return to Houston for the final two games of the season.

The Texans also have veteran Thad Lewis on the roster, who was signed on Nov. 24 to replace starter Ryan Mallett. Mallett was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. 

Keenum -- who was with the St. Louis Rams' practice squad after being waived by Houston on Aug. 31 when the Texans acquired Mallett from the New England Patriots -- started eight games last season and spent the offseason working with head coach Bill O'Brien learning the team's system. 

Keenum has nine touchdowns, 1,760 yards and six interceptions in his career with a 78.2 rating. 

At 7-7, the Texans are not officially eliminated from the playoffs, but they face an uphill battle to make the postseason with a matchup at home this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. 

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