Houston Texans backup quarterback A.J. McCarron could miss the preseason with a hand injury suffered in practice Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.
McCarron, signed by Houston in March to back up Deshaun Watson, appeared to hurt his right thumb on his follow-through during a joint practice with Green Bay and left the field in pain.
Head coach Bill O’Brien did not offer any update on McCarron’s status following the practice.
According to the report, the 28-year-old McCarron was expected to play at least two quarters in the first preseason game Thursday against the Packers. Joe Webb, the third quarterback, will likely play most of the game.
A 2014 fifth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals after a decorated career at Alabama, McCarron spent his first four seasons with the Bengals, showing flashes of potential when filling in for Andy Dalton. But since filing a grievance against the club and being granted free agency in February 2018, McCarron has become a bit of a journeyman.
In March 2018, he signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Buffalo. But on Sept. 2 of last year, a week before the start of the season, the Bills traded McCarron to Oakland in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick. The Raiders cut him in March.
McCarron played in two games with the Raiders last season, completing 1 of 3 passes for 8 yards. He is 87 of 136 for 928 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in his career.
—Field Level Media
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