Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com
HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury after being sacked by defensive end Chris Long late in the third quarter.
As Schaub limped off the field, a smattering of Texans fans began cheering. As Texans backup quarterback T.J. Yates entered the game, the cheers grew louder.
Although Houston faced a 31-6 deficit when he left the game, Schaub had completed 15 of 21 pass attempts for 186 yards and hadn’t thrown a touchdown or an interception.
Schaub remained on the sideline surrounded by trainers, having his ankle taped, while Yates finished Houston’s drive, which ended with the fifth pick-six thrown by a Texans quarterback in five consecutive games.
Yates threw his sixth pass to Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who returned it 98 yards and ultimately outran the quarterback.
The Texans did not make any announcement on Schaub’s condition, but the quarterback paced the sideline with his ankle wrapped as the fourth quarter began.
Schaub’s starting status was in doubt during the week as Texans coach Gary Kubiak considered benching him. Schaub has thrown nine interceptions so far this season.
Last week in San Francisco, Schaub became the first player in NFL history to throw interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in four consecutive games.
- Previously covered Texans for Houston Chronicle and Jaguars for Florida Times-Union
- Northwestern University graduate