Matt Schaub Out with MCL Injury, Sage Rosenfels To Start Vs. Ravens

Andrew GloverCorrespondent INovember 3, 2008

Houston Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub could miss the next four weeks with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury.

Schaub was injured during the first series of last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, when Jared Allen tackled him low. Schaub played the remainder of the first half, completing 11 passes out 16 for 139 yards and one interception. The Texans’ starter was also sacked three times.

Backup Sage Rosenfels will start at quarterback this week against Baltimore and probably the rest of the time Schaub is out. Rosenfels started five games for Schaub in 2007, was 4-1 in those games, and played in four other games. In 2007, Rosenfels completed 154 passes out of 240, 1,684 yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and an 84.8 quarterback rating.

Schaub missed the Indianapolis game Oct. 6 with a virus. Rosenfels completed 21 of 33 passes, for 246 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Rosenfels also had two fumbles that led to 14 points for Indianapolis in a 31-27 loss.

In the second half against Minnesota, Rosenfels was 21-for-29, 224 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a 28-21 loss.

This season Schaub has completed 154 of 227 passes, for 1,762 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions and a 91.0 quarterback rating. Rosenfels has completed 42 of 62 passes for 470 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a 92.8 quarterback rating.

The Texans (3-5) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-3) this week, visit the Indianapolis Colts (4-4), visit the Cleveland Browns (3-5) and host the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) the next four weeks.