Why Texans Can Succeed With Leinart

Why Texans Can Succeed With Leinart

Just when you thought it was safe to call the Houston Texans the AFC's one-seed (which they were after they thrashed the bejeezus out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-9, last Sunday), the news came down on Monday that quarterback Matt Schaub's(notes) foot injury would most likely put him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. The quarterback said on Tuesday that he was hurt when Bucs defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth(notes) fell on his foot during a run.

"It wasn't deliberate," Schaub said on Houston radio. "Anytime you run a sneak, there's going to be a pile … I'm extremely frustrated. I'm pretty bummed, to put it lightly, especially on such a small play like a quarterback sneak out of the end zone. If it had to happen, I wish that it had been me diving over a pile."

Schaub is trying to find a medical option that would allow him to return later this season. In the meantime, Schaub will be replaced by backup Matt Leinart(notes), who's been a singularly unimpressive NFL quarterback for the most part since the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC. In 17 NFL starts, Leinart has 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, and he hasn't made a dent in a stat sheet since January of 2010, when he threw two picks and no touchdowns in a 33-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers for those Cardinals.

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