If the Houston Texans are going to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, they probably will have to do it with their third-string quarterback.
Matt Leinart injured his throwing shoulder Sunday at Jacksonville, overshadowing Houston’s 20-13 victory against the offensively inept Jaguars.
Leinart may have broken his collarbone, although coach Gary Kubiak said initial X-rays were inconclusive.
“There’s a pretty strong possibility I probably won’t be coming back this season,” Leinart said.
Arian Foster ran for 65 yards and a score, Leinart delivered a perfect touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen before leaving the game and the Texans (8-3) sacked Blaine Gabbert six times. It was good enough for their fifth consecutive win, which moved them a little closer to clinching the AFC South.
But Leinart’s shoulder injury appears to be a serious setback.
Yates completed 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards in relief of Leinart, doing just enough to help the Texans beat the Jaguars (3-8). Houston managed just two first downs in the second half.
Jacksonville’s quarterback situation is a mess, too.