Case Keenum on track to start for Texans

AP

It’s not the biggest quarterback issue in the state of Texas right now, but the Texans haven’t named their starter for the season finale yet.

Case Keenum didn’t play last week because of a sprained right thumb, leaving Matt Schaub to return to the starting lineup in the loss to Denver. Keenum has been able to practice this week, though, and interim coach Wade Phillips said that Keenum was able to do everything that he normally would on a Thursday. Assuming he doesn’t return with signs of aggravating the injury, he’ll close out the year as the starter.

“He would start, if he’s healthy,” Phillips said, via the team’s website. “We should be clearer tomorrow on just how he feels. I think if he’s alright and able to grip it and throw it again tomorrow, then it’s fine.”

The Texans will sew up the first overall pick with a loss to the Titans this weekend and Keenum won’t be the starter next season whether or not they use their early pick on a new quarterback. He could return as a backup, though, and it looks like he’ll get one more chance to make his case for that gig this week.