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Matt Schaub leads Houston Texans' throwing sessions

The Houston Texans found a way to win without Matt Schaub down the stretch last season. It was a nice story, but we're left wondering what could have been with the veteran quarterback under center.

Schaub, on the road back from a season-ending Lisfranc injury, told the team's official website he's 100 percent and plans to be ready for camp. The quarterback put his repaired foot -- and his arm -- to work Thursday during a throwing session with a cast of Texans skill players. They've been at it all week with anywhere from six to a dozen players, including Andre Johnson, returning from arthroscopic knee surgery.

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Schaub and friends have labeled the soiree "Texans East" (Translation: a University of Houston field roughly six miles east of Reliant Stadium), a playful jab as Mark Sanchez's ponderously over-publicized "Jets West" gatherings.

"Right now, the rookies are at the symposium -- the drafted guys. Come next week," Schaub said, "I expect all them to be out there. Andre's been out there and a few other veterans. Right now, some of them have taken a little break, but we'll come back here next week or just after the Fourth so we'll have three good weeks after that to really get after it."

Schaub isn't mentioned among the game's top passers, but he deserves more notice. He's mastered coach Gary Kubiak's West Coast system and he's one of the conference's more accurate passers. Durability has been an issue for Schaub, and it contributed to the Texans' demise last season. It would have been a treat to see what he could have done against that Ravens defense in the playoffs.

No more broken bones down in Texas, and we might find out in 2012.

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