Ryan Mallett waited more than three seasons for the chance to play. But after two starts, the former New England Patriots and current Houston Texans quarterback will have to wait until next season.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the 2011 third-round pick will need surgery after an MRI revealed a torn right pectoral muscle on Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Arkansas product’s first start arrived just one week ago against the Cleveland Browns, after Ryan Fitzpatrick was moved to No. 2 on the depth chart. It was a game that Houston won, 23-7, as Mallett went 20-of-30 passing for 211 yards, his first two regular-season touchdowns and an interception.
In his second start, the fourth-year pro played through the injury, finishing 21-of-45 passing for 189 yards and an interception as Texans fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 22-13.
Mallett, now in the final year of his rookie contact, was traded to Houston on Aug. 31 for a conditional late-round draft pick in 2016. The move reunited the 26-year-old with former Patriots offensive coordinator and current Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, who was in Foxborough during the Texarkana native’s rookie season.
Mallett appeared in four games and threw four passes during his tenure with the Patriots.