Matt Schaub Injury: Updates on Texans QB's Ankle, Likely Return Date
From the Texans:
"Case will start this week." Kubiak says. #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 28, 2013
"Matt's health is fine. It's a decision based on what I saw take place last week with Case." Kubiak on QB decision. #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 28, 2013
James Palmer of CSNHouston.com followed:
Matt Schaub says he feels #Texans starting Keenum has everything to do with his play and not his health. Is upset with desicion.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) October 28, 2013
Schaub said he was told along with Keenum before the team broke for the bye week. #Texans were told this morning— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) October 28, 2013
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com continued:
Matt Schaub says he's "obviously very disappointed" in not being starting QB this week but is confident in the team to get back on track.— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) October 28, 2013
Matt Schaub is inactive for Week 7.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com has an update from Matt Schaub on his health as he tries to rehab his injured ankle:
Every day since Sunday’s 38-13 loss, Schaub has been working with trainers at 4:30 a.m. to get himself ready in time for Kansas City. He is aiming to make it onto the practice field sometime this week.
“That’s my hope,” Schaub said. “I definitely am shooting for that. If I want to go out there and play on Sunday, I need to get out there at some point to move around and do some things. I’m just doing as much as I can from sun up to sun down to get myself as healthy as possible.”
Schaub, injured on a sack in the third quarter against St. Louis, addressed the media Wednesday without crutches or a walking boot.
“There’s nothing broken,” Schaub said. “If there was something broken, I probably wouldn’t be able to walk in here right now. There’s a few things going on, but just a lot of soreness and swelling.”
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
From the Houston Texans:
"Matt is getting injections as we speak. Leg, ankle, everywhere. But we probably got a little bit lucky there." Kubiak on Schaub— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 14, 2013
Schaub starting at KC will be an end of the week decision. "I'll prepare both Case and T.J." Kubiak #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 14, 2013
NFL Network's Jeff Darlington noted how the fans erupted in cheers when backup QB T.J. Yates was set to take the field at Reliant Stadium:
Presented without comment: Houston's crowd goes wild as T.J. Yates takes the field because Matt Schaub got injured.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 13, 2013
Following the game, Brian Cushing spoke on the crowd reaction (via Will Grubb of Sports Radio 610):
Cushing calls fans reaction to Schaub 'barbaric' #Texans— Will Grubb (@WillGrubbRadio) October 13, 2013
Darlington followed up on Schaub's status, and it looks as though the Texans' starter may be able to re-enter the action:
Schaub is jogging on the sideline, testing the ankle. He looks fine.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 13, 2013
After the game, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle elaborated on Schaub's status:
Schaub has injury to lower leg, including right foot, ankle and lower leg. Wasn't available to media after the game.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 13, 2013
Schaub had been playing well despite the score, going 15-of-21 for 186 yards passing before leaving the contest. Schaub avoided throwing a pick-six, which he'd done in an unprecedented four consecutive games.
Unfortunately for the Texans, it seems Schaub's tough luck rubbed off on Yates.
The former fifth-round draft pick, who spelled Schaub, threw an interception that was returned by Rams rookie Alec Ogletree 98 yards for a touchdown. It handed Houston an embarrassing 38-6 home deficit in the fourth quarter.
Whether or not Schaub returns, it's too late to mount a legitimate comeback effort.
The Texans are headed for their fourth consecutive loss and are in grave danger of missing the playoffs—much less defending their AFC South division title.
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