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Antonio Smith wants fans to "leave Schaub alone" this weekend as he starts for the Houston Texans. Matt Schaub said he isn't concerned about fan reaction, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
In this notebook, John McClain of the Chronicle notes that Texans running back Ben Tate might have played his last game as a Texan. The team placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday.
Tight end Garrett Graham's hamstring injury is about the same as it was last week, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Graham missed last week's game in Indianapolis. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph, defensive end Antonio Smith and linebacker Darryl Sharpton all missed practice as well.
Not too much will change for the Texans offense as Schaub takes over, writes Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com. "Matt can handle any load we want to get to him," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "His abilities will not be tested in that manner, but I think we’ll make sure everybody is in the right place. That’s our biggest issue is making sure we’re going out there and playing fast."