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Houston Texans name Brock Osweiler starter; Oakland Raiders to start QB Connor Cook

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Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) drops back for a pass in the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on September 22, 2016. File Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI
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Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook slides between Baylor Bears defenders in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, on January 1, 2015. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI
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Brock Osweiler will be the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for Saturday's AFC Wild Card Game matchup with the Oakland Raiders.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien named Osweiler the starter over backup Tom Savage, who sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Savage has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.
Osweiler completed 21 of 40 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 24-17 loss to the Titans.
On the opposite sideline, all eyes will be on Raiders rookie quarterback Connor Cook.
The Raiders are "going forward with the expectation" that Cook will be the starter, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Backup Matt McGloin, who suffered a trapezius injury in last Sunday's regular season finale against the Denver Broncos, is "not believed to be ready" per Rapoport.
Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr broke his right leg during the Christmas Eve game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Cook is slated to become the first rookie quarterback to start a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.
The fourth-round pick (100th overall) in last year's draft out of Michigan State completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the 24-6 loss to the Broncos.
Houston Texans name Brock Osweiler starter; Oakland Raiders to start QB Connor Cook Reviewed by Chidinma C Amadi on 4:48 PM Rating: 5

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