FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Houston Texans, whose three straight losses have sent them to the bottom of the AFC South, are also dealing with another unwanted streak.
For the second straight week, quarterback Matt Schaub was knocked out of the game because of a helmet-to-helmet
hit. The first one caused a bruised hip. This one, by San Diego's Drayton Florence after his second interception, left Schaub dazed and
rubbing his head on the sideline.
Houston coach Gary Kubiak wouldn't call Schaub's latest knock a concussion, instead dancing around the
question when asked what grade of a concussion it was.
"No, they really didn't tell me that, just that he got dinged
pretty good," Kubiak said Monday. "He's having some headaches."
Later when asked directly if he was calling it a concussion, Kubiak
"Am I? I'm not calling it anything," he said. "I'm just
saying he got dinged and he's not feeling very good today and we'll
wait and see."
He said the quarterback would be listed as day to day this week
as the Texans prepare for Oakland.
Houston also added Craig Nall to its quarterback corps on Tuesday. Nall was released by Buffalo before the season but re-signed
after quarterback J.P. Losman was injured in Week 3. The Bills
released him again Oct. 19.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Nall spent 2002-05 in Green Bay when
current Texans offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was head coach
Meanwhile, Schaub's teammates are getting fed up with what they call dirty hits on their
"Guys are coming after us. We need to come after them a little
more," said defensive end N.D. Kalu. "It's almost like we're too
nice out there."
Kalu said maybe the Texans defense should have retaliated for the hit.
"I didn't see the hit, but if it was dirty, maybe we should
have a dirty hit on their quarterback," he said. "I'll pitch in
and get the fine. We just don't have that mentality and maybe we
should get it."
Offensive tackle Eric Winston, who did see the hit, was a bit
"A lot of the guys are upset, but what are you going to do? We
could be 5-year-old kids and go try to hit him back or we just try
to get it back on the field," he said. "That's what we're going
to try to do. We're not going to quit."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.