Matt Schaub's injury forces T.J. Yates in for Texans


Matt Schaub finally heard cheers from Houston Texans fans in the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately, it was because he went down with a right ankle injury.

Schaub had his lower leg twisted underneath his body on a sack by Rams defensive end Chris Long. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but watched T.J. Yates from the sideline the rest of the way in a 38-13 season-crashing loss.

Yates proceeded to underthrow DeAndre Hopkins on a potential touchdown, toss a red-zone pick-six and add another end-zone interception in his first 11 attempts.

Schaub's play was far down the list of reasons for the outsized deficit. Although the offense stalled on third downs and in the red zone, the Texans were averaging roughly 10.0 yards per play at halftime.

Prior to the injury, Schaub was essentially the same player he's been since taking over as the Texans starter in 2007 -- as opposed to the tentative interception machine of the past three weeks.

Texans fanatics are on their tenterhooks for a quarterback change, but Yates isn't the answer. This game turned on penalties, turnovers and a pathetic defensive effort.

Things got so bad for the Texans that Vince Young was trolling for a job.

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