As reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans are re-signing quarterback Case Keenum off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad following a season-ending broken leg to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in yesterday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Since the Texans are now down to rookie fourth-r0under Tom Savage, who was considered raw going into the draft and had never attempted an NFL pass until yesterday, as their number one quarterback, McClain theorized on Twitter that it would be possible for Keenum, who started eight games for Houston last season, to start this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. Savage sustained a knee injury (which was thought to be minor) late in yesterday’s game, so if he can’t go Sunday, it may be down to former Rams Keenum and Thad Lewis for Sunday’s starting nod.
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Keenum was signed by the Rams at the end of the preseason to provide depth behind Shaun Hill and Austin Davis following the season-ending injury to Sam Bradford. However, he failed to ascend the depth chart, and he was released from the active roster when the Rams traded for safety Mark Barron at the end of October. He’d been serving as the Rams’ de facto third-stringer since then on the practice squad.
The Rams now have two practice squad openings, as they still have not filled the vacancy created by the Titans poaching cornerback Jemea Thomas off of the practice squad on December 3. One would think it to be likely that they would bring in a new third-string quarterback to help out with the scout team, though head coach Jeff Fisher has remarked in the past that he doesn’t find it absolutely necessary to have three quarterbacks in the system in order to succeed.
Despite their less-than-stellar results on the field at times this year, it’s a testament to the Rams’ player development that they’ve now had three players poached from their practice squad this year: Keenum, Thomas, and offensive lineman Mike Remmers, who is now starting at right tackle for the Carolina Panthers.