For a few minutes Sunday, it appeared the Houston Texans and Matt Schaub would have a seminal victory together.
Schaub, often criticized for a lack of toughness, returned to Houston’s game against Jacksonville down 17-0 despite suffering a dislocated non-throwing shoulder. A comeback ensued, and it appeared Schaub may have his Matthew Stafford moment.
This being the Texans, Chris Brown of all people threw a back-breaking interception and Houston came up short 23-18. Schaub missed his chance to be a hero, but he’s not giving up on the season.
Schaub is “absolutely” optimistic he’ll play against Seattle Sunday despite the injury. Coach Gary Kubiak agrees.
“He basically has the same injury he had against Tennessee in 2007,” Kubiak said. “It popped out, popped back in, and he was able to play. . . . I think he’s got a good chance of playing. He’s not feeling any worse today than he did yesterday as he finished the game.”
Houston probably can’t make the playoffs even with three wins, but they could make it easier for owner Bob McNair to retain Gary Kubiak with a few wins.