Houston Texans Analysis: Injured Matt Schaub out for season, source says

Houston Texans Analysis: Injured Matt Schaub out for season, source says – This past Friday before the Houston Texans took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I appeared on the Mighty Gwinn show in Houston, Texas. Earlier in the week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had acquired defensive tackle, Albert Haynesworth off of waivers from the New England Patriots. Dylan Gwinn and I talked during the show about the relevance of Haynesworth and his past with Houston Texans’ QB Matt Schaub.

Matt Schaub’s Injury is Albert Haynesworth’s Fault

When Haynesworth was with the Titans he made it his mission to injure Schaub. He had a genuine dislike for Schaub. Twice in 2007 Albert’s Titans knocked Schaub out of games. Well, Haynesworth has people talking about Schaub’s backup once again.

On the show we discussed if Haynesworth could get back to his old form. Was there anyone who was worried a Haynesworth ending Schaub’s season again. Schaub quarterback sneaked it and you can see Haynesworth squeeze through the line and land on the back of Schaub’s legs. Kubiak said that Schaub complained about the injury but told them to just wrap it up tight. Ironically, Schaub who takes a lot of knocks from the Houston fans and media for not playing through pain ended up playing the whole second half on the injury. Ironically, playing through the pain may be what made the injury season ending.

Injured Matt Schaub out for season, source says

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is “done” for the season after suffering a foot injury in Houston’s 37-9 victory over the Buccaneers Sunday. The source adds that “the team is devastated,” and there’s little chance Schaub would be available should the Texans make it to the Super Bowl.

Matt SchaubOn Monday, coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that Schaub was injured on a quarterback sneak coming out of the end zone late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Schaub stayed in the game, but threw only three passes in the second half.

Joby Branion, Schaub’s agent, did not immediately return a phone message or e-mail.

“He’s got a significant foot injury, he’s going to miss some time,” Kubiak said. Kubiak said sixth-year veteran Matt Leinart will start at Jacksonville on Nov. 27.

“Hopefully, Matt won’t miss the whole season. Johnson has missed six games with a right hamstring injury, but expects to return for the Jacksonville game. Houston rank eighth in total offense this season (396.2 yards per game).

Leinart guided Southern Cal to national championship games after the 2004 and `05 seasons, and went 37-2 as a starter in college.

He was drafted 10th overall by Arizona in 2006 and appeared in 12 games as a rookie under coach Dennis Green, throwing 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He broke his collarbone in the fifth game of the next season, Kurt Warner took over and Leinart was mostly a spectator over the next 2 1/2 seasons.

Leinart talked openly during training camp about earning another starting job. My heart goes out for him,” Leinart said. “It’s a great opportunity. Kubiak has been increasing Leinart’s repetitions in practice, and he’s confident Leinart is ready.

“He’s played in big football games in this league, he’s played in big football games in college,” Kubiak said. “Matt’s been around it. The key is the whole team rallying around him, and playing well as a team. Matt doesn’t have to go win a game, the team has to go win a game. Schaub, acquired in a trade with Atlanta in March 2007, has started every game for Houston since the start of the 2009 season. Kubiak would not say if Schaub would miss the rest of this year.

“There’s a lot of things reported,” Kubiak said. Schaub joins the growing list of Houston stars sidelined with injuries this season.

In addition to Johnson, sacks leader Mario Williams was lost for the season with a torn chest muscle in a loss to Oakland on Oct. 9, running back Arian Foster missed two of the first three games with a strained left hamstring, and starting safety Danieal Manning has missed three games after breaking his left fibula.

Johnson says the Texans have experienced so much adversity in past seasons, they understand how to cope with it now.

Everyone will step their game up and we’ll keep going in the right direction.”

The Texans have the NFL’s No. 1 defense (269.7 yards per game) and the third-best rushing offense (158.1 yards per game), with Foster and Tate both ranking among the top 10.


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