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Texans are unsure of starting quarterback vs. Chiefs

Updated: 2013-10-16T21:58:23Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

The identity of the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback remains a mystery for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

Houston coach Gary Kubiak said embattled and injured starter Matt Schaub would sit out Wednesday’s practice because of a leg injury, and backups T.J. Yates and Case Keenum would divide the practice snaps equally.

“I said it would be an end of the week decision, and I’m going to stick with that,” Kubiak said of who will start. “I’ve got to visit with the doctors and take a look at (Schaub’s) progress … and go from there.”

Schaub, who has thrown nine interceptions this season, was injured in last Sunday’s loss to St. Louis, the Texans’ fourth straight defeat. Yates replaced him and threw two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, the fifth straight game the Texans have thrown a pick six.

“T.J. has a little bit of time under his belt as a player,” Kubiak said. “Case has done a really good job for us. I’m going to split ‘em right down the middle with the game plan (Wednesday) and we’ll go from there.”

Kubiak said if Schaub is healthy by the end of the week, he could play without practice.

“It’s strictly a decision on whether Matt can protect himself and play,” Kubiak said. “It’s pretty darn sore and swollen, and we have him doing some things with doctors in the morning. He’s not at meetings … trying to evalaute his situation best we can.”

Schaub has been under fire from fans — some of whom cheered his injury last week — when the Texans lost their fourth straight game and fell to 2-4. Asked if Schaub might need a breather, Kubiak said, “ I don’t think anybody needs a breather when you’re going through the tough stretch like we’re going through.

“You’ve got to play through it and you’ve got to work through it. It’s something we have to battle through as a football team. It’s not just him, it’s everybody.”

Kubiak dials direct

Usually, a secretary or media relations staffer puts the call through when NFL coaches conduct a teleconference with writers in the opposing city.

But on Wednesday morning, Kubiak dialed the number for a call with Kansas City reporters.

“Nobody wants to help me with anything right now,” said Kubiak, who’s on the proverbial hot seat. “I’m struggling.”

Texans roster moves

Houston placed starting strong safety Danieal Manning and rookie cornerback A.J. Bouye on injured reserve. Manning has a knee injury; Bouye a hamstring issue.

In their place, the Texans signed veteran cornerback Elbert Mack and promoted inside linebacker Mike Mohamed from the practice squad.

Terez Paylor of the The Star staff contributed to this report. To reach Randy Covitz, send email to rcovitz@kctar.com

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