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Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 6:33 am
Leinart will be Houston's starter after their Week 11 bye. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A source tells's National NFL Insider Mike Freeman that 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.

On Monday morning's Pick-6 Podcast, we anointed the Texans the best team in the AFC. They lost receiver Andre Johnson in Week 4, lost their next two games, then went on to win four in a row, including Sunday's beatdown in Tampa Bay.

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There was plenty of credit to go around: Wade Phillips' work with the defense, Arian Foster's return to his 2010 form, and quarterback Matt Schaub playing the best football of his career.

With Johnson set to return after the Week 11 bye, everything seemed to be falling into place for the Texans, who pretty much have the AFC South sewn up and are playing for homefield advantage. Now they'll have to build the offense around the running game, hope backup Matt Leinart can make plays when needed, and pray the defense continues to keep opponents in check.

Leinart, the 2006 first-round pick of the Cardinals, was cut by Arizona prior to the 2010 season.

One of the knocks on Leinart after he got his walking papers was that he he didn't have the disposition coaches look for in their franchise quarterback. In September 2010, after the Cardinals released him,'s NFC West blogger Mike Sando wrote: "Leinart could have made this work if he had played by [Ken] Whisenhunt's rules. He wasn't willing (or possibly able) to do that under difficult circumstances. He complained and pouted and made it impossible for Whisenhunt to name Leinart the leader of a locker room filled with players more closely aligned with the Whisenhunt mindset." 

This summer, Leinart acknowledged that he hadn't proven anything in his six-year NFL career, but was working hard in preparation for 2011.

"I’m always ready," he said at the time. "I’m always prepared and like I said it’s just always about being a quarterback, but being in the right situation. For me hopefully that situation comes up this year and I can thrive and show I belong in the league and I can play because I know I can and that’s what I plan on doing.” 

Leinart was re-signed by the Texans during free agency to back up Schaub, a role that didn't require him to get off the bench in 2010. In fact, he didn't sniff the field for 26 games, until Houston's final snap Sunday, a kneel-down to run out the clock.

Head coach Gary Kubiak was asked Monday just how ready Leinart was to step into the starting role. 

“Well that’s why he’s here. That’s why he came back. He liked his opportunity here. He liked this football team. He likes what we do offensively," said Kubiak. "You never know how an opportunity is going to occur, but here we go. It’s a big one for him and his career. He’s had a lot of reps. We’ve cut back on Matt [Schaub]’s reps the last month at practice so he [Leinart] has gotten a ton of reps. 

"[Leinart] has played in big football games in this league. He’s played a lot of football. He’s played in big football games in college. Matt has been around it, but the key is that the whole football team rally around him and playing well as a football team. Matt doesn’t have to go win a game. The team has to go win a game. We’ll rally around him and get him ready to go.”

The former USC star and Heisman Trophy winner last saw significant action in 2007, when he started five games for the Cardinals before a fractured collarbone paved the way for a Kurt Warner comeback. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes that season, throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Leinart started 11 games as a rookie in '06, where he had 11 TDs and 12 picks.

If Texans fans are looking for a silver lining, here ya go: it could be worse, Rex Grossman could still be Schaub's backup.

Matt Schaub threw for 242 yards with two touchdowns, which led the Houston Texans to a 37-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Marv Albert and Rich Gannon recap this game.

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Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:12 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

It's a shame that Matt Schaub's season is over.  Today's NFL players are much faster and stronger than ever before.  Just watch games of the 70s, 80s and early 90s and you'll see a significant difference in players' size and speed.  It also appears Michael Vick is out for a while with broken ribs.  Plainly put, an NFL player is considered lucky to have play all 16 regular season games w/o sustaining serious injuries.     

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:11 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

You can have Grossman

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:08 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Ummmmm neither......they all suck!!!

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:05 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Wow this is devastating news for Houston.  The team was on a roll and with Andre Johnson coming back after the bye week, things were looking good.  Now, with Leinart at QB, things might fall apart.  Everyone knows the quarterback position is the most important in the NFL.  If a team does not have a legitimate QB, there's little chance of going deep into post season play.  Hate to see this happen to a very good football team.  I hope Matt can get his mentality going and not whine and complain like he did in Arizona.  Let's see what happens.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:03 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Hmmm, Matt Leinart or Vince Young?


Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:01 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Sign Garrard --> start Leinert week 12/let garrard get used to the playbook --> leinert fails/bench him --> start garrard week 13

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:00 pm
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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:59 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

heinekentom = brian8ball.  Wow, that was easy

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:58 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Well, Leinarts terrible, but the Texans will still have a shot at the superbowl. They have the best defense and one of the best rushing attacks in the AFC. Give these guys some credit, they've player great football not relying completely on Schaub. This is a very severe blow in the sense that they were basically a complete team, and now they have a young quarterback that is somehow past his prime. But they will still compete with the best teams in the league...

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:54 pm

Texans' Matt Schaub done for the season

Oh great now there will be 2 AFC QBs that will complete 2 to 4 passes the entire game.

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