Florham Park, N.J.– While the focus on the Jets injury report is mostly on Jerricho Cotchery and Matt Slauson, the Texans added a surprising big name of their own to this week’s injury report this morning.
According to ESPN.com news services, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was hospitalized last night with a bursa sac injury to his right knee. Just how the injury happened remains a bit of a mystery.
According to head coach Gary Kubiak, Schaub seemed fine yesterday, but after he left the practice facilities he called the team to inform them that his knee was bothering him and this morning the news of him being hospitalized broke.
Kubiak said that no surgery will be required and did not seem to be too worried about Schaub missing any time. “Everything should be OK. I expect him here tomorrow. If that’s the case, and he’s doing what he normally does, he’ll be out there.” Kubiak said according to ESPN.com.
Kubiak says it’s more of a precaution than anything else, but a bursa sac injury can be a very painful injury for a quarterback to have to play through, especially one who is about to face all-out blitzes for 60 minutes of football in a couple of days.
Kubiak might not seem concerned, but the Texans star wide receiver sure is worried according to ESPN.com Andre Johnson said, “We’re very concerned. That’s our starting quarterback and guys didn’t really know what was going on, a lot of guys just found out what was going on this until this morning.”
It seems like people still aren’t clear as to the exact extent and nature of the injury, but even with Kubiak insisting the Texans expect Schaub to be back participating in practice tomorrow it would seem Schaub’s chances of playing this week are questionable at best. If Schaub can’t play this week than Dan Orlovsky will get the start and Matt Leinart will serve as the backup.
As for the Jets injury report, it’s pretty much the same as what was expected a couple of days ago. Rex Ryan opened his press conference today going through the injury report and said, “Guys who did not practice; Marquice Cole still nursing that hamstring, Jerricho Cotchery with the groin, Dwight Lowery concussion and right now he’s just no contact, no nothing really. So he’s just going through that evaluation process right now.”
Ryan had both Tony Richardson and LaDainian sit out of practice again today, saying neither were injury related he just wanted to get them a day off.
Matt Slauson and Eric Smith were also held out of practice, Smith with an ankle injury and Slauson with the injured knee, which Ryan once again said is in better shape this week than it was this time last week.
Ryan is still holding out hope that Cotchery can play this week and Cotchery wants to play if he can, but it seems unlikely that they would push him, especially with another game just four days after Sunday’s game.
As for Sanchez, he says he is fine and while he was technically listed as limited on the injury list, Ryan admitted Sanchez did just about everything they normally ask of him.
“(He was) not too limited. He looked good. He did almost everything.” Ryan said.
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