Less than two months after Tom Savage was benched for Deshaun Watson in the Houston Texans' season-opener, the fourth-year quarterback will take the field again after Watson tore his ACL in practice on Thursday.

In seven games, Watson was exceptional, throwing 19 touchdown passes, which tied him for the league lead. The rookie quarterback, who was placed on injured reserve Friday, totally changed the Texans' offense with his athleticism and ability to consistently find receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller downfield. Savage says he knows he cannot replicate what Watson did in the first half of the season.

"You can't really replace Deshaun Watson," Savage said. "You know what I mean? The kid's been playing absolutely lights out. But that's not my job. My job is to go out there and help this team win and do whatever I can to help."

"I'm just going to state the obvious: There's some things he can do that I can't do."

Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Friday that quarterback T.J. Yates will also be active on Sunday. Houston also signed QB Matt McGloin.