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Matt Schaub Injury: Why Houston Texans Won't Crumble with Matt Leinart

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 15, 2011

Matt Schaub will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his foot according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but the Houston Texans will be able to push forward without him.

Schaub suffered the injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was able to complete the game. However, Matt Leinart will take over the quarterbacking duties for the Texans (7-3) for now.

This year, the Texans have not relied as heavily on the pass as they did in years past. The emergence of Arian Foster and the defense has allowed the Texans to become better game managers, rather than trying to outscore every opponent.

In games where Schaub had to throw the ball over 35 times, the Texans are 0-3. They are 7-0 when he attempts fewer than 35 throws. That does not reflect on Schaub’s ability as a quarterback, it just shows the Texans have drastically changed their style to a run-first team.

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Leinhart #11 of the Houston Texans hands the ball off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Leinart is very capable of stepping in and playing conservatively, while allowing the running game to continue flourishing. The Texans are on a bye this week, so he even gets an extra week to prepare for what would be his first start for the Texans.

Leinart had this to say about the opportunity.

“That's what I've wanted for a long time, and that's what I've worked hard for every day and prepared for every day. It's a great opportunity. I'm just excited about the chance.”

Leinart hasn’t started a game since Nov. 29, 2009, but he’ll be ready on Nov. 27.

The USC quarterback is a proven winner at the college level, and he’ll be more than capable to manage a talented team to victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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