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For years the knock on Matt Schaub has been his durability. Last weekend against the Redskins he was dropped like an anvil over and over again. However he responded by peeling himself off the ground, hobbling back to the huddle, and throwing a game tying touchdown with another devastating blow right in his face.
This week the offensive line is going to have to do a better job of protecting Matt Schaub. With the emergence of a formidable run blocking scheme, the Texans seem to have lost some of their strength in pass protection.
To compound the issue starting left tackle Duane Brown has been suspended by the league for testing positive to a banned substance.
With Brown out it will be up to fifth year swing tackle from the University of Miami, Rashad Butler, to protect Schaub’s blind side. The Texans are confident in Butler’s talent, and he is fired up about the opportunity to prove he is a NFL caliber offensive tackle.
Only issue is that in his first start in the NFL, Butler will be facing Pro-Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Ware has one sack so far in the 2010 season, and surely is looking to this game to put more notches on his belt.
Look for this to be a leading subplot of the game come Sunday afternoon.