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Kubiak: Keenum 'has to continue to play well to stay in there'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Gary Kubiak plans to coach this Sunday. (USATSI)
Gary Kubiak,who plans to coach Sunday, isn't committing to Case Keenum yet. (USATSI)

Texans coach Gary Kubiak on Wednesday made his first appearance in front of the media since suffering a mini-stroke at halftime of Houston's Week 9 game vs. the Colts. He joked with reporters by asking them if they had missed him, and he confirmed that he plans to coach this weekend vs. the Raiders.

But when asked about current Texans starting quarterback Case Keenum, Kubiak wasn't quite as concrete and was unwilling to commit to using the former third-stringer for the rest of the season.

"He has to continue to play well to stay in there," Kubiak said. He also said that former starter Matt Schaub is "playing really hard" and wants to take back his old job.

Thus, even though Keenum has thrown seven touchdowns against zero interceptions in his three starts (he's 0-3, for the record) and even though his quarterback rating of 105.1 outshines Schaub's 78.8 AND even though the Texans are 2-7 and probably should be looking to a future that likely doesn't include Kubiak, Keenum shouldn't get comfortable in that No. 1 role quite yet.

As for the release of safety Ed Reed, Kubiak said: "It was about football. We're playing the young guys. I thought it fair to him to play somewhere else."

And as for what Kubiak remembered about his collapse on the field two weeks ago: “I really don't remember a whole lot. I remember right before the half not feeling real good. I had a headache and that's about the last thing I remember [until] I was over at the hospital talking to some different people."

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