Matt Leinart Injury: Shoulder Injury Will Be Last Straw for Bust

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 27, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Matt Leinart #9 of the Houston Texans looks on before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 14, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Matt Leinart may just be 28 years old, but his days are numbered in the National Football League.

Leinart, who was selected 10th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, has never lived up to the hype coming out of USC.

It only took one season for Leinart to fall out of favor in the NFL. Given a second chance with the Houston Texans on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Leinart suffered a shoulder injury, and now he may be done for the season.

Tweeted ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Leinart, who was injured just before the half on a hit by Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey, was actually having a decent game against a tough Jaguars pass defense, going 10-of-13 for 57 yards and a touchdown and leading the Texans to a 17-10 advantage.

Now Leinart is in danger of vanishing into thin air in Houston, just like he did in Arizona.

Of course, if Leinart had struck a deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, who also pursued him, maybe he would still have a chance of being the starter in 2012.

The decision to veer away from the Seahawks, who just so happened to be coached by his old mentor Pete Carroll, had many questioning Leinart's motives and desire. He ended up signing a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Texans, with $3.75 million in guaranteed money, despite knowing he had little chance of supplanting starter Matt Schaub in Houston.

Leinart is getting closer and closer to 30 years old, and we all know what happens to most quarterbacks when they reach their 30s: they begin regressing.

That's bad news for Leinart, who hasn't even impressed at a young age.

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