NFL eyes fan incident at QB Schaub’s home

Updated: October 9, 2013, 12:29 PM ET


ESPN.com news services


The NFL’s security department has contacted the Houston Texans and Houston Police Department about an incident at the home of quarterback Matt Schaub on Monday.

CBS Houston reported Tuesday evening that fans approached Schaub at his home and berated him for his recent poor play.

The Houston Police Department, however, tweeted Wednesday to clear up reports about the incident.

Contrary to some reports, there was not a group of “angry fans” outside the Schaub residence on Monday.#hounews

— houston police (@houstonpolice) October 9, 2013

The police department tweeted that a “suspicious male” was seen taking pictures in the driveway by a family member. The police said they were not called to Schaub’s home, but the department considers it a call to the home only if a member of the household calls the police through either 911 or the non-emergency number and not if it is contacted by private security or, in this case, team or league security.

NFL vice president of security Jeff Miller told NFL.com that Texans security and the Houston police will investigate the incident.

“This is a little unusual in that we don’t normally have fans acting in this way, going to a player’s residence, that sort of thing,” Miller told NFL.com. “In this case, Monday afternoon, a vehicle pulled into his driveway, an unidentified individual yelled obscenities. The police department is involved. We’ve been in contact with them as we normally would for anything like this. And because it’s a team issue, they have a security director, we work with them.

“In this case, they’ll be working closely with the police department. But it’s going to be investigated and handled seriously by Houston Police Department.”

A league source had earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder of NFL security’s involvement in the matter.

Schaub is expected to address the media Wednesday afternoon.

Schaub remains the starter for Sunday’s home game against the St. Louis Rams despite throwing an interception returned for a touchdown in an NFL-record four straight games.

Coach Gary Kubiak removed Schaub from Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the third quarter with the Texans down 24-3 — allowing third-year quarterback T.J. Yates to finish Houston’s second prime-time game of the season.

“I think it was time for [Yates] to get some reps,” Kubiak said Sunday. “Obviously, Matt took some hits and made some mistakes. And I just told him I was going to put T.J. in the game and we’re going to go from there and talk about it after the game or throughout the course of the week and see where we’re at.”

Schaub completed 19 of 35 passes for 173 yards and three interceptions before leaving the game. 

He acknowledged after Sunday’s game that his struggles were taking a toll on him, but he said he remains confident.

“Obviously, it’s tough right now. After what we’ve been through tonight, [and] going back to last weekend and even the week before,” Schaub said. “I am very confident in my ability and everyone in this locker room.”

ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder and ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli contributed to this report.

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