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C.J. Stroud Set to Sit Out Again as Texans Face Browns in Crucial Showdown

The anticipation for a standout rookie quarterback's return reaches another pause this Sunday as the Houston Texans' rising star, C.J. Stroud, is set to miss yet another game. The Week 16 clash against the Cleveland Browns will proceed without the sensational rookie leading the Texans' offense.

Veteran quarterback Case Keenum is poised to step into the starting role once more as Stroud continues his recovery, sidelined for the second consecutive game due to a lingering concussion sustained during the Week 14 matchup against the New York Jets. Despite Stroud's undeniable talent and impressive season statistics, he's yet to clear the concussion protocol, emphasizing the priority of his health and well-being.

In his rookie campaign, Stroud has showcased remarkable prowess, amassing 3,631 passing yards across 13 games, closing in on Andrew Luck's 2012 rookie record of 4,374 yards with a mere 743 yards left to bridge the gap. His efficient play extends beyond yardage, boasting a commendable ratio of 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions, further solidifying his status as a formidable force on the field.

As Stroud continues his path to recovery, the responsibility to steer the Texans' offense falls once again on the experienced shoulders of Case Keenum. Keenum's recent performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15 proved his capability, contributing significantly to the Texans' exhilarating 19-16 overtime victory by delivering 229 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

With a crucial game on the horizon, the 9-5 Houston Texans prepare to host the equally poised 9-5 Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. ET. This matchup carries immense weight in shaping the AFC playoff landscape, amplifying the significance of each play as both teams strive to secure a pivotal victory in their postseason pursuit.

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