Texans' Schaub out; Keenum gets the start

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Updated: 10/17/2013 3:10 pm

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will turn to Case Keenum, not T.J. Yates, to start in place of the injured Matt Schaub for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Schaub left last Sunday's game against St. Louis late in the third quarter after injuring his right ankle.

Schaub was sacked late in the third quarter and got his lower leg twisted as he went to the ground. He was able to walk off the field under his own power but needed treatment on the sideline.

Yates took over at quarterback and threw a pick-six on his fifth pass of the drive to boost St. Louis to a 38-6 lead. Yates was picked off again later in the 38-13 loss.

"He's given me confidence thru camp," said Kubiak of Keenum. "He continues to grow. We're looking for a spark and he deserves an opportunity."

Keenum, a second-year player out of the University of Houston who has never taken an NFL regular season snap, grabbed the job from Yates during this week of practice. He has a prolific collegiate career, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a season three times. In his senior campaign in 2011, he threw for 5,631 yards with 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

"We just want him to go out there and react," said Kubiak. "That's why he's on this football team."

Yates has appeared in 13 games over three seasons with the Texans, completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.

Schaub, who had completed 15-of-21 passes for 186 yards before exiting Sunday's game, had thrown an interception for a touchdown in four straight games coming into that game. He is having a down season this year, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,552 yards with eight TDs and nine picks.

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