T.J. Yates suffers bruised shoulder

Updated: January 2, 2012, 2:28 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Texans quarterback T.J. Yates left Sunday's 23-22 loss to Tennessee in the first quarter after landing on his left shoulder following a hard hit.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Yates had a bruised left shoulder but could've returned if necessary. Kubiak also said Yates would undergo more tests Monday.

"Obviously, I didn't want him to go back in the game," Kubiak said. "We'll know better where we're at (Monday), at this point."

Yates was replaced by veteran journeyman Jake Delhomme.

The 36-year-old Delhomme, signed Nov. 29 in the wake of season-ending injuries to starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart, completed 18 of 28 passes, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson with 14 seconds left.

Houston (10-6) was already locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs and rested a majority of its starters in Sunday's game.

Running back Arian Foster and cornerback Johnathan Joseph, both selected to the Pro Bowl this week, were inactive.

Tight end Owen Daniels, cornerback Sherrick McManis (ankle), guard Mike Brisiel (right ankle) and safety Troy Nolan (ankle) were also inactive for the Texans.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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