Keenum to Make NFL Debut for Texans as Injured Schaub Will Sit

Second-year quarterback Case Keenum will make his National Football League debut for the Houston Texans on Sunday with starter Matt Schaub ruled out due to injury, coach Gary Kubiak said.

“He continues to grow and we’re struggling and looking for a spark,” Kubiak told reporters regarding his decision to start Keenum Oct. 20 at the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the team’s website.

Schaub, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in each of the four games leading into last weekend’s 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams, won’t play after injuring his leg and ankle during the second half of the defeat.

He was replaced by T.J. Yates, who went 12 of 17 passing for 186 yards, also throwing two interceptions, including one that was returned for a score.

Keenum, 25, joined the Texans in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston.

The Texans are 2-4 this season, two games behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South Division. The Chiefs and Denver Broncos, both 6-0, are the NFL’s only remaining undefeated teams.

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