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Quarterback Matt Schaub may be lost for the season, according to some sources, though Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak did not confirm that at his press conference or on the J&R show on SportsRadio 610.
At this point, the four-letter network appears to be making predictions rather than reporting known facts.
With that said, any injury that is serious enough for the team to have three separate specialist lined up to look at it is obviously quite serious. Many sources are claiming it was a Lisfranc fracture, which can take between six to 12 weeks to heal. If it is six week, that means he may be able to come back for the final week of the regular season.
The best news for the Texans is hey have a full two weeks to get ready for Jacksonville. That means two weeks for Schaub to get healthy or two weeks for Matt Leinart to get ready. This is clearly a better team with Schaub starting and healthy, but at this point the idea of Leinart being able to come in and succeed is not unfathomable.
Last week against Tampa Bay, the Texans had 60 offensive plays and 44 of those plays were runs. Obviously, this can be dictated by the way the game evolves, but with the way the defense is playing the team should feel confidant it will have time to allow the running game to take over the game without falling too far behind.
Another major factor that plays into this is the fact that Andre Johnson will be returning. Without Johnson it would be a lot harder to imagine Leinart succeeding, but adding 80 back to the lineup and being able to take advantage of the way a defense must respect him will make things much easier.
Leinart or Schaub will need all they help they can get because in the next three weeks the Texans will face two of the top-five defenses in the NFL. The Jaguars are ranked fourth overall and fifth against the pass right now and the Bengals are No. 5 overall and No. 2 against the run.
To make matters worse, both of those games are on the road.
The Texans will need to step their game up in every facet in order to continue their win streak. The defense will have to create turnovers and hold tight against very physical teams. The offensive line will have to continue to create holes for the running game, and the wide receivers will have to make plays down the field.