Schaub likely out for Oakland game because of 'headaches'

HOUSTON -- Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects
Wednesday of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San
Diego, and coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn't play Sunday
against Oakland.

Schaub, who has started every game for the Texans since an
offseason trade with Atlanta, said his health has improved
dramatically since Sunday.

"It's feeling better, clearing up a little bit," he said.
"Headaches are subsiding, so we'll take it day to day."

Schaub was injured when he was blindsided by an illegal hit by
Drayton Florence after throwing his second interception in
Houston's loss to the Chargers. It was the second straight week
he'd been knocked out of the game by a helmet-to-helmet blow. He
injured his hip on the first one.

He said this was his first concussion. Schaub sat on the
sideline rubbing his temples for several minutes before he was
taken to the locker room.

"It was hurting. I had headaches," he said. "I was a little
out of it and not really with it and really cloudy and foggy in my
head. It was a weird feeling not ever experiencing anything like
that prior."

With Schaub likely out, Sage Rosenfels should get the third
start of his career and his first since a 22-0 loss to Cleveland in
2005 when he was with Miami.

Rosenfels has played most of the second half of each of the last
two games with Schaub injured. He has thrown five interceptions and
five touchdowns and is looking to cut down the errors this week.

"I've generally been very good with the football in my
career," he said. "This past week, we're down as much as we were,
I was trying to be very aggressive with the ball. I have to get
back in that frame of mind of being smart with the football."

The Texans are looking to break a three-game losing streak
against Oakland before their bye next week, and Kubiak believes
Rosenfels must have a good game for that to happen.

"I think it's a very important game for him in his career
because we've been struggling and we need to find a way to win a
game," Kubiak said. "He's got to step up and lead this team."

Houston will also likely be without Andre Johnson for the
seventh straight game, despite marked improvement in his injured
left knee. He participated in team drills on Wednesday for the
first time since he was injured Sept. 16, but said he's only about
85 percent healthy.

"If I had to play this week I could," he said. "But you want
to be safe about it. I've got a lot of opinions about it and
everybody has told me just wait until after the bye week. So that's
the plan."

He did enjoy returning to practice with his team, though.

"I was out there like a little kid," he said. "It was just
fun to be back out there."

Ahman Green sat out practice and Kubiak said the running back
won't practice until his bruised left knee gets better. He's listed
as day to day.

Cornerback Jamar Fletcher was taken to the hospital Wednesday
with appendicitis.

Linebacker Shawn Barber was placed on injured reserve with a
neck injury and T Brandon Frye was signed from the practice squad
to take his spot on the active roster. WR Harry Williams, who was
released Tuesday, was re-signed to the practice squad.