Matt Schaub has bruised chest, sore hip
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans seem to have a host of issues.
Quarterback Matt Schaub underwent an MRI exam on Monday, and coach Gary Kubiak says Schaub has a bruised chest and sore hip. Schaub was already playing with a sore throwing shoulder after taking some hard hits in Houston's 25-20 loss to Oakland the previous week.
Kubiak says Schaub is "just banged up" and will likely sit out Wednesday's practice.
"We need him on the field," Kubiak said. "There's not a break in sight right now, it's a month away. We've just got to be smart with him. Throughout the week, if I've got to give him a break, a day a week, or two days a week. Matt can play without the practice. I've just got to be smart with him, but he is just very banged up right now, after six weeks."
Kubiak is hoping Andre Johnson can return this week after missing two games with a right hamstring injury. Johnson's workload will increase this week, Kubiak said, and his status for Sunday's game will be determined later.
Johnson was injured in Houston's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh in Week 4, and underwent a minor procedure to repair the hamstring.
"He made a lot of improvement last week," Kubiak said. "I had a long talk with him on Saturday night. He's feeling very, very good. I have a hard time saying (if he'll play Sunday). Maybe there's a chance he sees the practice field before the end of the week. If that's the case, there's always a chance. But we'll have to wait and see."
The Texans haven't yet found a way to make up for Johnson's absence.
Newly acquired Derrick Mason caught three passes for 27 yards in Baltimore, and Kevin Walter had six catches for 52 yards. Tight end Owen Daniels had two catches for 13 yards, but none after the second quarter.
Jacoby Jones, who took Johnson's position, caught four passes for 76 yards in Baltimore, but he couldn't get a first down on a short pass from Schaub with less than four minutes left.
"I think in some of these situations that we've been in, I hope these guys aren't looking for him because he's not out there," Kubiak said. "Somebody else has got to step up and make that play. We're in the situation we're in until he gets back. We've got to find a way to work through it."
Safety Dominique Barber will go on injured reserve after sustaining a foot injury on Sunday, and Kubiak said safety Danieal Manning (lower leg bruise) and left tackle Duane Brown (bruised knee) are day to day.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.