Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart was making his first start of the season for the injured Matt Schaub and doing quite well before he went down with an injury.
He has yet to return to the field, and his return is questionable as he has headed to the locker room.
Update: 4:40 p.m. EDT
Matt Leinart spoke to the media and feels that he will not return to the field this season.
The injury is a broken collarbone and Leinart has been put on the IR previously in his career because of one.
TJ Yates is most likely going to remain the starter for this team for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. The team will be hunting for backups this week.
Update: 4:20 p.m. EDT
Head coach Gary Kubiak is hoping that Leinart is healthy and knows that the QB is very disappointed that he had to exit the game.
The extent of the damage should be known in the next day or two.
Update: 3:55 p.m. EDT
Jason La Canfora reported that Leinart is back on the sidelines, now in a sling.
No more updates on his longterm health have been released and we are still unsure of the seriousness of the shoulder injury.
We will report them here as soon as they are known.
Update: 3:40 p.m. EDT
The Texans now fear that Leinart has a broken collarbone.
A source told ProFootballTalk that the team is bracing for the worst and are preparing to go the rest of the season without the backup QB.
Yates projects to finish the season out as the No. 1 QB in Houston and the team will have to sift through the free agent pile to find a backup or two at the position if he Matt were to go on the IR.
Update: 2:50 p.m. EDT
Leinart is definitely out after trainers and coach Gary Kubiak have evaluated him. T.J. Yates is the only remaining active QB on the roster. He will start the rest of the game.
Leinart has yet to make an impact in fantasy, but many Schaub owners turned to the former first-round draft pick and Arizona Cardinals QB to replace his production.
Obviously there are going to be some similar options out there including his backup…
Who's the Backup?
Yates is a fifth-round pick out of UNC, and was never expected to see the field this season with Leinart signing a rather large contract to be the backup and Schaub starting.
He did an excellent job for his first NFL action and led the Texans down the field for a field goal after completing three of five passes for 39 yards.
Five. The Texans really did not know what they had with Leinart, and he wasn’t spectacular in his first action with the team this year.
Yates could be a potential star in this league and has looked just fine filling in during his first drive.
Timeline for Return
Arash Markazi does not believe that Leinart will be heading back into the game any time soon since his left clavicle is injured and that is the arm he throws the ball with.
Leinart is out for the remainder of the game at least.
Stay tuned here throughout the game for the latest updates on Leinart’s left shoulder injury.