For the first time since Week 6, Matt Schaub returned to the Texans lineup Sunday and, well, it didn't go so well. Case Keenum had been impressive in his first three starts, throwing for 822 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. But after going 13-of-24 for 170 yards with one TD and a pick against the Raiders, and with Houston trailing by 11 points in the third quarter, coach Gary Kubiak decided to turn to Schaub.
Turns out, that was an awful idea.
With the Texans trailing 28-23 and 1:15 left in the game, things came to a head when Schaub's fourth-down pass intended for Andre Johnson fell incomplete. That development led to the usually reserved Johnson having words with Schaub on the sidelines.
Having seen enough, Johnson then made his way to the locker room, even though there were 58 seconds left on the clock.
After the game, Schaub was asked about the confrontation.
“It was just emotions, emotions of the game," the quarterback said. "He's a great guy and a great competitor, as am I.”
Coach Gary Kubiak, who called the game from the booth after suffering a mini-stroke several weeks ago, added: “I saw. That's just frustration. It doesn't bother me than players get mad. I hope guys get mad. We'll handle it.”
Johnson, meanwhile, said "Me and Matt are fine." When the Pro Bowl wide receiver was asked if he was happy in Houston he offered this:
"I'm under contract," Andre Johnson says when asked if he's happy playing for the #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 17, 2013
Sunday's defeat to the Raiders was the Texans' eighth straight loss of the season. They're now 2-8.
* via The Big Lead