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Texans QB Leinart out for season with fractured collarbone

HOUSTON -- Matt Leinart's return to the NFL lasted less than a half, and coach Gary Kubiak says the Texans will sign another quarterback this week. Perhaps even Brett Favre will be in the mix.

Leinart will be placed on season-ending injured reserve after fracturing his left collarbone during the second quarter of Houston's 20-13 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

The left-handed Leinart was making his first start since 2009 in place of Matt Schaub, who broke a bone in his right foot during the Texans' 37-9 win at Tampa Bay on Nov. 13.

Kubiak said Monday that Leinart will have surgery within the next week, and Schaub is due to have surgery Wednesday to repair a Lisfranc injury.

Kubiak also said the Texans will try out other quarterbacks this week and hinted that 42-year-old Favre, who retired in January after 20 NFL seasons, could be considered.

"I don't think you rule out anybody," Kubiak said when specifically asked about Favre. "There are a lot of names being mentioned. We've got to continue to work through the process.

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"I'm not going to rule out anybody, nor confirm anybody."

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said late Monday the Texans haven't contacted him about Favre.

Despite losing one key player after another, Houston (8-3) has won a franchise-record five consecutive games. Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina, will start Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Kellen Clemens, signed last week, will back him up.

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