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Texans QB Brian Hoyer enters concussion protocol; T.J. Yates prepares to start vs Colts, report says

HOUSTON – Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion during the Sunday Night Football game against the Patriots, according to an NFL.com report.

Ian Rappoport with NFL.com said sources said Hoyer will enter the concussion protocol and the Texans will prepare TJ Yates to start on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday afternoon it is "doubtful" Hoyer will start against the Colts.

"He took a beating last night," O'Brien said of Hoyer.

The Texans were dominated by New England Sunday night, 27-6. Hoyer was sacked five times and left the game to be evaluated for a concussion with about 9 minutes remaining.

The Texans' (6-7) upcoming game against the Colts (6-7) is pivotal, with the winner moving a game ahead of the loser in the AFC South with only two games left in the season.

Hoyer suffered a concussion during the team's Monday Night Football win over Cincinnati. Yates started the following week against the New York Jets, a 24-17 win. Hoyer returned the following week against the Saints.