The Houston Texans promising season may be in jeopardy if reports about their starting quarterback are true.
CBSSports.com quoted a source who said Matt Schaub is “done” for the season after injuring his foot in the Texans dominating victory over the Tampa Bay Buccanners on Sunday.
The source also told the sports website that the team is “devastated” with the news of Schaub’s injury.
On Monday, Texans coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that the quarterback injured his foot late in the second quarter in the game against the Buccanners. The Texans (7-3) beat Tampa Bay 37-9.
According to ESPN, Schaub will miss the remainder of the season with a Lisfranc injury.
This will be the third key injury for the Texans this season. Their star wide receiver, Andre Johnson, has missed the last six games due to a hamstring injury. Despite not having their All-Pro receiver on the field since the first game in October, the Texans have won four straight after dropping their first two games without Johnson. They also lost stud pass rusher Mario Williams one week later.
“It’s devastating. We wish he could be out there with us,” Johnson told My Fox Houston on Monday, concerning Schaub’s injury.
The Texans, who are currently in first place in the AFC South, will have to hold off the rest of the division with Matt Leinart at quarterback.
The former first-round pick, and USC standout, has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in six seasons in the NFL. Leinart sounded confident on Monday after hearing the news that he might be the starter for the rest of the season.
“Your time’s going to come, and you’ve got to be accountable for when that opportunity comes,” Leinart said Monday, according to NFL.com. “They know that I work hard and I study hard and I’m prepared very well. We’re going to take this and go game-by-game, and I don’t think much is going to change.”
The Texans do have time to work with Leinart at quarterback because they have their bye week before facing the Jaguars Thanksgiving weekend.