What Happened to C.J. Stroud? Latest Injury Update for Houston Texans QB

C.J. Stroud has been outstanding as a rookie. In his efforts, he's taken a beating, but he has always gotten back up. But he was injured against the Jets.

C.J. Stroud has been one of the most entertaining parts of the 2023 NFL season, but the rookie quarterback took a massive shot late in the Jets game. What do we know about Stroud’s potential injury, and what could an extended absence mean for Houston’s playoff hopes?

C.J. Stroud Injury Update

After trying to dump off a pass in the fourth quarter of a 24-6 deficit, Stroud was enveloped in the pocket by Jets defenders. As he was taken to the ground, Stroud’s neck snapped back, and his head contacted the ground.

Although we are not doctors here at PFN, sometimes the way a player falls, the way their knee buckles in a non-contact situation, or the way that we see a snap at the ankle, it’s almost surely what we think it is.

Stroud went to the locker room with what’s being described as a head injury. Concussions come in all shapes and sizes, but hitting usually when a quarterback falls the way Stroud did, they do not return to the game.

If Stroud misses time, the Texans’ playoff hopes drop significantly. There is a logjam of 7-6 teams at the bottom of the AFC playoff standings. Houston’s defense is not yet at a place where they can elevate their play without the starting QB on the field, even for a short stint.

Unfortunately, concussions are one of the few injuries that actually become easier to sustain and take longer to recover from the more they happen, so being careful with their rookie QB who appears to be a legitimate franchise passer is likely the best course of action.

The broadcast announced that he is in concussion protocol.

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