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Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 1:32 pm
ClemensPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While there had been some hope, however slim, that Matt Schaub could return from his foot injury sometime this season and lead the Texans into the playoffs, that has been dashed.

As Rapid Reporter Brandon Williams writes, the Texans have placed Schaub on the season-ending IR list. Which obviously is devastating news for the Texans. Now, as's Mike Freeman tweets, Houston's season has just been placed on IR as well.

Also, you can scratch off the Texans as potential suitors for newly-waived quarterback Kyle Orton. That’s because the team has signed former Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens to the squad.

At this point, it doesn’t appear Clemens will be competing with Matt Leinart for the No. 1 spot, abandoned by Schaub because of his season-ending injury. Instead, Clemens, a 2006 second-round pick of the Jets, will back up Leinart and rookie T.J. Yates.

As was pointed out Tuesday, Clemens tried out for the Texans on Monday along with Jeff Garcia, Trent Edwards and Brody Croyle, and they went with a quarterback who, at one point, seemed a potential alternative to Mark Sanchez in New York.

What this also means is that the Bears might have a better shot of claiming Orton off waivers -- teams will have until 4 p.m. today to make a claim. Since Houston and the Chiefs are in need of a quarterback and since both had priority over Chicago, one potential foil for the Bears is out of the running.

Which means we might really see Orton return to his old team to try to save the day.

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:08 pm

Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

The original reason I posted was to say that Kellen Clemens can play ... the type of QB that has that 3rd down mobility to move the chains.  A little inaccurate at times.  A definite Gamer, though.  If Leinart stumbles, and it gets playoff-serious down in Houston, don't sleep on Kubiak going to Clemens down the stretch.

Jeff Garcia?  Really?  Is Carmella DeCesare still smoking hot?

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:47 pm

Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

Matt Leinart doesn't have to win games for the Texans. If you've watched this team this season, you know they've relied much less on Schaub because the running game is so solid. Plus, they finally have a defense that puts the offense in a good position...last year they were playing from behind so much, the offense was forced to throw more. In response to Mario's absence, the defense has gotten BETTER since he's been gone. However, having said all this, I do agree they may not be seasoned enough to make a deep playoff run. 

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:27 pm

Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

Sorry guys, I'm not buy that the Texans can beat elite teams without their best defensive player and offensive leader.  You also have to consider that Matt Leinart is now the signal caller.  He can sometimes lose games for a team, but doesn't win very many.  There are some good teams in the AFC, and Houston no longer has what it takes to beat the Ravens, Steelers, Pats.  Best of luck though.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:47 pm

Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

Agreed, Mike Freeman will be proven wrong on this one.  This is not anything like the Colts where there is a huge dropoff from Starter to Backup or where there is such enormous reliance on one player to be competitive.  Folks will find out soon enough that the Texans are much more than Matt Schaub, just as they have been much more than Andre Johnson, Mario Williams or any other top flight player that has been injured.  All just opinions now, the next few weeks will reveal the reality of the situation.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:41 pm

Texans place Matt Schaub on IR, sign Clemens

As was to be expected. Oh and Mike Freeman could not be more wrong about the Texan's chances. His lack of knowledge and understanding is off the charts.

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