The New York Jets will start Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday against the Houston Texans after he had thumb surgery last week.
Houston's quarterback situation is far less clear. Brian Hoyer has a concussion and hasn't practiced all week.
"I'd say it's in the questionable category and yes, I would say he would have to practice in order to play," coach Bill O'Brien said. "At least once, you know what I mean?"
If he can't go T.J. Yates will get his first start since he was a rookie on Jan. 15, 2012, when the Texans lost 20-13 to the Ravens in the playoffs. The Texans picked up Brandon Weeden off waivers on Wednesday to back up Yates if Hoyer can't play.
For Fitzpatrick, it's a chance to face a former team that traded him away after last season. He started 12 games for Houston in 2014.
"The fact that they didn't necessarily want me at the end of the year plays into it a little bit for me, just from the personal standpoint," Fitzpatrick said. "But it's not a big thing, other than we're out there trying to win a game, get back on track. So the personal stuff has to be set aside and I've got to try to win a football game."
The surgery was to repair a torn ligament on the left thumb of the right-handed quarterback. He played two games with the injury before having surgery last Friday. Fitzpatrick said there are factors other than tolerating the pain that he's dealing with in the wake of the surgery.
"If it was that easy, then for sure there wouldn't an issue," he said. "There's just an issue with — fresh off a surgery, just making sure everything stays clean, the incision and all that. There's a couple different factors that are playing into it."
The Jets are coming off a loss to the Bills and Houston has won two straight, capped by Monday night's victory over previously undefeated Cincinnati.
Yates took over after Hoyer was injured in that one and accounted for the only touchdown of the night with a TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins. He knows if he plays this week it will be a bit easier because he's getting more time with the first team in practice.
"Some of those plays I ran in the game were the first time I've ever run them, period, practice or game," he said. "So you feel more comfortable going in, getting more reps during the week."