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“Schaub, acquired in a trade with Atlanta in March 2007, has started every game for Houston since the start of the 2009 season. Kubiak would not say if Schaub would miss the rest of this year. "There's a lot of things reported," Kubiak said. "He's going to be in a boot throughout this week, and then the evaluation process will continue." Schaub joins the growing list of Houston stars sidelined with injuries this season. In addition to Johnson, sacks leader Mario Williams was lost for the season with a torn chest muscle in a loss to Oakland on Oct. 9, running back Arian Foster missed two of the first three games with a strained left hamstring, and starting safety Danieal Manning has missed three games after breaking his left fibula. Somehow, the Texans have managed to stay on course for their first playoff berth. Houston hasn't trailed in a game in four weeks and won by an average of 22.5 points across that span. Johnson says the Texans have experienced so much adversity in past seasons, they understand how to cope with it now. "In the past, when we had injuries, it always hurt us," Johnson said. "Everything we've been through as a team, you learn from those things and all the obstacles we've been through. "Losing our quarterback, I still feel very comfortable, I still feel very positive about it. We'll pick up the slack, man. Everyone will step their game up and we'll keep going in the right direction." The Texans have the NFL's No. 1 defense (269.7 yards per game) and the third-best rushing offense (158.1 yards per game), with Foster and Tate both ranking among the top 10. "We're going to get tested even more now, so we'll have to call on everybody to do that," Kubiak said. "We do have a lot of confidence right now in what we're doing and we just got to keep our chin up and move forward." Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
That's what I've wanted for a long time, and that's what I've worked hard for every day and prepared for every day. It's a great opportunity. I'm just excited about the chance.” -- Texans QB Matt Leinart
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