He’s back: Matt Schaub to start for injured Case Keenum


Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) in the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 25-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans announced Wednesday that former starting quarterback Matt Schaub will, once again, be the starter on Sunday, replacing the injured Case Keenum.

Keenum will miss the game against the Denver Broncos with a sprained thumb.

Deepi Sidhu of the Official Houston Texans web site reported:

"“Now with Case Keenum ruled out for Sunday’s game due to a thumb injury, Schaub will get another chance to face the Broncos. Schaub, who took first team reps in practice on Wednesday, gets his first start in 10 weeks on Sunday.”"

The bearded one, Schaub, began the season as the starting QB for the Texans, but was benched for Keenum in October due to his overall play and setting a dubious NFL record of throwing a Pick-Six in four consecutive games.

Houston currently has a 12-game losing streak with the first-place Broncos visiting the Texans, Sunday for their 1 p.m. EDT game at Reliant Stadium.

The last time Schaub played he nearly rallied the Texans to a win at Jacksonville, but that loss was the game that had Gary Kubiak fired.

Schaub this season has passed for 1,905 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His rating is 77.6. He’s played in eight games, starting six.

Sidhu also wrote in the article:

"“In Week 3 at Denver last season, Schaub completed 17-of-30 passes for 290 yards and interception.”"

This injury doesn’t help the case of Keenum of being the long term option at QB for the Texans. Having Schaub in the game as a starter, who knows what will happen, but I highly doubt the Texans will earn a win this Sunday against the best team in the AFC.

Schaub will also be playing without the two best running backs in the organization with both Arian Foster and now Ben Tate on the injured reserve list. Tate was placed on the IR Wednesday with a fifth broken rib. He’s played most of the season with four broken ribs.

Though Sunday’s game just got a bit more interesting, but let’s kid ourselves … the Texans have lost 12 straight games for a reason. With or without Schaub or Keenum at QB, this team has been bad and now with nothing that can be called a running attack , Sunday’s game won’t be a sight that will bring a smile to the face of any Texans fan.