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Texans’ Schaub, Chiefs’ Cassel Could Miss Rest of NFL Season

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is out indefinitely with a foot injury, while his Kansas City Chiefs counterpart Matt Cassel may also miss the rest of the National Football League season with an injury to his throwing hand that needs surgery.

Schaub, who’s helped the Texans to a 7-3 start as they seek a first playoff berth, was injured two days ago during a 37-9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when another player fell on the back of his right foot on a quarterback sneak. He’ll meet with specialists to determine the severity of the injury.

“He’s going to miss some time, but we’re going to do everything we can to get it evaluated correctly and see if we can get him back on the football field,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said yesterday during a news conference.

Schaub will miss the rest of the season, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified league source. The Texans have won four straight games heading into their bye week and are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the American Football Conference.

The news may be as bad for Cassel, who injured his throwing hand during the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos when he was sacked by Elvis Dumervil.

“It’s a possibility, but it’s not an absolute” that Cassel will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, Chiefs coach Todd Haley said.

The Texans, whose next game is Nov. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, will turn to Matt Leinart in Schaub’s absence. Tyler Palko will make his first NFL start on Nov. 21 at the New England Patriots for the Chiefs, who have lost two straight games to fall to 4-5.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered two broken ribs in a 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals two days ago.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said “we’ll see,” when asked whether Vick would play in this week’s game against the New York Giants.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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