The Houston Texans are lacking a starting-caliber quarterback after losing rookie sensation Deshaun Watson to a torn ACL. So on Tuesday, they brought in a free agent to bolster a quarterback room that is currently spearheaded by Tom Savage.
Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18. Matt McGloin (left shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 18. Connor Cook will get the start in a bad matchup with the Texans.
For the first time in the Super Bowl era, it appears a rookie quarterback will be making his first start in an NFL playoff game.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders are moving forward with "the expectation that" Connor Cook is their projected starter for Saturday's matchup against the Houston Texans. Matt McGloin suffered an injury to his trapezius muscle in a season-ending loss to the Broncos and will not be ready.
Cook, in relief, completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception. McGloin was 6 of 11 for 21 yards. Some even felt that Cook looked like the better QB.
One day after Matt McGloin left Oakland's season-ending loss early with a shoulder injury, coach Jack Del Rio doesn't know who his starting quarterback will be come Saturday.
"We'll see how the week goes," Del Rio told reporters Monday. "Between Connor Cook and Matt (McGloin), we'll see who can get the most reps and who we feel the most comfortable putting in the game."
Del Rio confirmed that McGloin got an MRI and defined his status as "just sore."
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders are not optimistic about McGloin playing against the Texans, but have not ruled him out. In other news, the team has signed free agent Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad, and the signal caller could be active for the playoff game.