Matt Schaub out for the year

Matt Schaub out for the year
Houston Texans Matt Schaub will miss defender remainder of the season with a Lisfranc injury, the source of the league told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Coach Gary Kubiak said earlier Monday that Schaub was injured defender sneak out of the end zone late in the second quarter, 37-9 victory over Houston Tampa Bay on Sunday. Schaub left the game, but threw only three passes.

Kubiak said the team was the involvement of Indianapolis evaluate Schaub, and fly back to Charlotte, North Carolina, at the end of this week to undergo further examination.

Joby Branion, Schaub agent, did not immediately return phone message or e-mail to Associated Press.

Texans (7-3) have won four in a row, and share the best record in the AFC title in Pittsburgh in their bye week. Kubiak said sixth-year veteran Matt Leinart will start at Jacksonville on Nov. 27.

"It's just something we have to deal with," star receiver Andre Johnson said Monday night. "Let's hope that Matt did not miss the entire season. We're not sure exactly what it is, but we know he will miss some time. We're just going to rally around Matt Leinart, and I think he'll go and do a great job. "

Johnson missed six games with a hamstring injury law, but expects to return to the game Jacksonville. He was away on Sunday and said Schaub was "a little lame," but said he was fine.

"To come here and that today," said Johnson, "it was kind of like," Wow. "Now, you hear rumors that it's possible he could miss the remainder of the season, and the like. So it's kind of like, where all does it come from? "

Leinart, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner for Southern California, re-signed with the Texans in the offseason after not taking a snap-in in 2010. He turned down other offers to return to Houston because he was comfortable with Kubiak and his offensive system.

Houston ranks eighth in total offense this season (396.2 yards per game).

"Your time will come, and you should be responsible for this possibility when it comes", Leinart said. "They know I work a lot, and I study hard and I'm ready very well. We're going to take it and go play in the game, and I do not think much will change."

Leinart guided Southern Cal in the national championship game since 2004 and `05 seasons and went 37-2 as a starter in college.

He was drafted as a whole on the tenth of Arizona in 2006 and appeared in 12 games as a rookie under coach Dennis Green, throwing 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He broke his collarbone in the fifth game in the next season, Kurt Warner took over and Leinart in the main audience for the next 2 seasons ½.

Leinart talked openly during training camp to acquire another starting job. Now he gets it, just not under the circumstances, what he wanted.

"I'm bummed. My heart goes out to him," said Leinart. "But he knows, and everyone knows that in this profession, it happens, and the next guy stepped up. It's my job and my responsibility.

"That's what I wanted for a long time, and this is what I worked hard every day and prepared for every day," he said. "This is great. I'm just delighted with the chance."

Kubiak increased reps in practice, Leinart, and he was sure, Leinart is ready.

"He played great football games in this league, he played in big games in college football," Kubiak said. "Matt was around him. The key is the whole team rallying around him, and play well as a team. Matt does not have to go win the game, the team must go to win the game. We have to rally around him and get him ready."

Schaub, acquired in a trade with Atlanta in March 2007, started every game for Houston since the 2009 season. Kubiak would not say if Schaub will miss the end of this year.

"There's a lot of things reported," Kubiak said. "He will be loaded during the week, and then estimates the process will continue."

Schaub joined the growing list of stars in the side of Houston with injuries this season.

In addition to Johnson, Mario Williams sacks leader was lost for the season with a torn chest muscles loss in Oakland on October 9, running back Arian Foster missed the first two of three games with a strained left hamstring, and starting safety Danieal Manning missed three games after breaking his left fibula.

Either way, the Texans were able to stay on the path to their first playoff berth. Houston trailed in the game for four weeks and won an average of 22.5 points throughout that service.

Johnson said that the Texans have experienced so much hardship in past seasons, they understand how to deal with it now.

"In the past, when we had injuries, he always hurt us," Johnson said. "All that we went through as a team, you will learn from those things, and all the obstacles, we have experienced.

"The loss of our defense, I still feel very comfortable, I still feel very positive about it. We are the torch, man. Every step of his game, and we'll keep going in the right direction."

Texans have the No. 1 NFL defense (269.7 yards per game) and third-best rushing offense (158.1 yards per game), with Foster and Tate as ranking among the top 10.

"We're going to be tested even more now, so we have to encourage everyone to do it," said Kubiak. "We have a lot of confidence now that we're doing and we just have to keep our chin up and move forward."

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