Taylor injured his left hamstring in the first half in the Texans’ 31-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns and was replaced by Mills in the second half. The Texans used their first pick, a third-round selection, on Mills in April.
In his NFL debut on Sunday, Mills completed 8 of 18 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception in loss, which knocked the Texans down to 1-1.
When Culley made the announcement, he said he believed Mills would be more comfortable on Thursday because he could take the majority of the first team’s reps on Tuesday.
“He was ready,” Culley said of Mills on Tuesday. “Now that he’s got those reps I think there will be a level of comfort to start the game. I think in the second half when he had to go out and play I think I didn’t have those reps. in training and all of a sudden now, “I’m on my feet,” probably made a difference. And I think this week before the game starts, when we start the game and he’s there, I think there will be a much better level of comfort. “
Culley has not had an update on Taylor’s schedule for his injury return.
On Monday, Culley said quarterback Deshaun Watson would not be active Thursday night, just as he was not for Houston’s first two games this season. Watson faces 22 active lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, but he has not been barred from participating in the team’s activities by the NFL.
The quarterback also requested a trade in January because he was unhappy with the direction of the franchise and the process used to hire general manager Nick Caserio.
Culley said the Texans would likely call in practice team quarterback Jeff Driskel to support Mills on Thursday.