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Texans, retired QB Favre try to end speculation about merger

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The Texans have lost quarterback Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart to injuries, but general manager Rick Smith told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he doesn't see the team calling 42-year-old Favre to come play in Houston.

Favre, who retired for a third time last offseason, also told King via text message that he isn't up to the challenge of playing again. He said he hasn't thrown a football since Nov. 4, and no teams have called him about returning for a 21st NFL season.

It has been a tough week for the Texans, despite them improving to 8-3 and leading the AFC South by two games with a 20-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. They put Schaub on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury and lost Leinart to an apparent broken collarbone Sunday during the first half of Sunday's win.

T.J. Yates, a rookie from North Carolina, took over for Leinart and completed 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards against the Jaguars. Kellen Clemens, a six-year veteran who signed earlier in the week, is the only other quarterback on Houston's roster.

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