Schaub out with injury; Keenum in as Texans starter


Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; (Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports has reported that Matt Schaub will miss this week’s game at Kansas City due to his injury, and rookie Case Keenum will start the game this Sunday.

In the report, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said of Keenum:

“He’s given me confidence through camp. He continues to grow. We’re looking for a spark, and he deserves an opportunity.”

Kubiak also said of his new starting quarterback:

“I didn’t hesitate because I felt like we needed a spark.”

It is about time Kubiak and the Texans make a bold move for once this season. This is the perfect time for the Texans to start Keenum with Schaub unable to go. Odds are the Texans won’t be the winners of this game with or without Schaub, but like I wrote earlier today … there is the unknown factor in Keenum that I just can’t shake.

He has a good arm and was successful in college, but this is a good opportunity for the Texans to see what they have in Keenum against a very good defense in the Kansas City Chiefs.

Keenum can have a positive impact for the Texans in this game. He’s had a lot of time to prepare for this game, and I don’t think he’ll be asked to do a whole lot, except to manage the game and not make any outstanding mistakes.

If you watch this game Sunday, expect a lot of Arian Foster and Ben Tate running the football.

Keenum was 43-of-63 for 482 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions this preseason.

He played his college football at the University of Houston and his high school football at Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas.

Keenum beat out second string QB T.J. Yates for the starting role.