Former ODU star Taylor Heinicke promoted to Houston Texans’ active roster

Taylor Heinicke dives to complete a two-point conversion against the San Francisco 49ers.
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HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien does not expect starting quarterback Tom Savage (concussion) to be healthy enough to play Sunday vs. Jacksonville.

T.J. Yates will start in Savage’s place and former Old Dominion University standout Taylor Heinicke is expected to serve as the backup after Heinick was promoted from the practice squad Thursday. It will be the first time in Heinicke’s three year NFL career that he’s suited-up for a regular season game.

“It’s exciting, but the circumstances that it all happened are unfortunate,” Heinicke said Wednesday. “Being activated and possibly dressing will the be the top moment in my NFL career. I’ve been studying for the past three or four weeks since I’ve been here, so I’m starting to feel more comfortable with it.”

Heinicke was signed to the practice squad November 29th after previously stops with the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.