Texans QB Case Keenum injured, Matt Schaub will start vs. Broncos

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is set to make his first start since October. (USATSI)
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is set to make his first start since October. (USATSI)

For the first time in over two months, Matt Schaub will be the Houston Texans starting quarterback, but it's not because Schaub won the job. It's because starter Case Keenum is injured.

Interim coach Wade Phillips announced Wednesday that Keenum won't be able to play in Sunday's home game against the Broncos because of a right thumb injury he suffered in Houston's 25-3 loss to Indianapolis. 

It will be Schaub's first start since Week 6, when he threw for 186 yards in a 38-13 loss to the Rams. Schaub injured his ankle against St. Louis and Case Keenum has been starting ever since.  

Schaub was thrown back into action in a Week 11 home game against the Raiders and things got ugly pretty quickly. The Texans fans at Reliant Stadium booed Schaub so loudly that the Houston's offense had to use a silent count in the second half. 

Houston fans also cheered after Schaub injured his ankle in the Rams game

Phillips doesn't expect to see that against the Broncos, "Our team is 100 percent behind him and I know our real fans are going to be cheering for our team and also for him," Phillips said.  

Texans fans might want to cheer for Schaub, just because it might be the final time they see him in a Houston uniform. Sunday's game against Denver will be the Texans final home game of the year and there's a good chance Schaub won't be around when Houston kicks off its 2014 season. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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