T.J. Yates exits game briefly for concussion evaluation
Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates briefly left Monday’s 34-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers to undergo evaluation for a concussion.
Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke replaced Yates for one play at the end of the second quarter and the Texans’ first possession of the third quarter. Yates cleared concussion protocol a couple minutes after the second half started.
Yates struggled before leaving the game. He completed just 2 of 7 passes for 8 yards and an interception. He also had a lost fumble. He finished with 7 of 16 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown — an amazing catch by DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter.
Shurmur cannot negotiate or sign with the Giants until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs. Minnesota heads to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Shurmur, 52, became a hot coaching candidate due to his work with quarterback Case Keenum this season, and Sam Bradford last year after taking over for Norv Turner midway through the campaign.
As the Vikings OC, Shurmur led Keenum and the offense to a top-10 rating in points per game (10th, 23.9), rushing yards per game (seventh, 122.3) and third-down conversion rate (third, 43.5). Minnesota finished 11th in passing yards per game with 234.6.
Shurmur’s work with the quarterbacks in Minnesota makes him an ideal pairing in New York, where Eli Manning nears the end of his run, and Big Blue must find the next franchise signal-caller.