Matt Schaub May Miss Start Against Chiefs
Matt Schaub’s body is just as banged up as his ego, but his physical ailments are what could keep him from starting for the underperforming Houston Texans against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
Schaub left last Sunday’s loss to the Rams early with a right ankle injury after being sacked by Chris Long, and to make matters worse, was sarcastically cheered by Houston fans during his exit. However, now things are looking even more grim for the 2-4 Texans, as head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Schaub will be an end-of-the-week decision for Houston’s upcoming battle against KC.
“We’ll have to see where we’re at,” Kubiak said, according to ESPN.com. When asked directly whether Schaub would start Sunday, Kubiak replied: “I gotta see if he’s healthy.”
Unfortunately for Schaub, the ankle isn’t the only injury he is nursing, making it more likely that he will sit out this week.
“Matt is actually getting some injections as we speak,” Kubiak said. “Obviously he’s very sore and beat up on the leg, ankle, everywhere.
After throwing nine interceptions in his team’s first six games – four of which were taken the other way for touchdowns – Matt Schaub fell out of Houston fans’ good graces, but with T.J. Yates and Case Keenum waiting behind him on the depth chart, he still might be the Texans’ best option at quarterback.
Yates was also cheered when he entered last week’s game to replace Schaub, but the raucous display of support of the backup was short-lived, as Yates threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards the opposite way for a score.
Of course, with several starts and relief appearances under his belt, Yates has more experience than the second-year man Keenum, who has yet to play a snap in an NFL game.
Schaub’s availability will likely have a small impact on the point-spread, but with the way Houston is playing, it probably won’t matter who is under center against Kansas City. For now, I’d stick with the Chiefs to cover -4.5 this weekend and even if that number goes up a couple of points, I still wouldn’t be afraid to put a wager down on KC to cover.