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Texans place QB Tom Savage on injured reserve

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans placed quarterback Tom Savage on injured reserve after Savage suffered a shoulder sprain against the Dallas Cowboys in the Texans' fourth preseason game.

The injury will not need surgery, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said.

Savage suffered the injury when he was sacked in the fourth quarter in Arlington, Texas. Until then Savage completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 135 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The second-year quarterback was set to be the Texans' third quarterback behind starter Brian Hoyer and backup Ryan Mallett.

With Savage on the roster, the Texans had planned to keep three quarterbacks. Without him, they might opt for adding a quarterback to their practice squad for scout team purposes. Many teams carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster -- the Texans have in the past.

The Texans drafted Savage in the fourth round in 2014 and kept him on the roster in a developmental capacity. That's not the kind of player one can keep on the practice squad. Consequently, this injury opened up a roster spot for the Texans to use on another position. It might be why there are currently six receivers on the 53-man roster.