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Texans react to announcement that Case Keenum will start

Case Keenum will start for the Texans on Sunday night against the Colts, head coach Gary Kubiak announced on Sunday.

Kubiak said the decision was because of the way Keenum has played, not because of Matt Schaub's health.

"Matt's health is fine," Kubiak said. "It's a decision based on what I saw take place last week with Case."

Keenum made his first start before the bye week in a one-point loss to the Chiefs. He played well. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

Kubiak told Keenum and Schaub the news on Tuesday before the bye week. He told the rest of the team on Monday morning.

Kubiak said Keenum has been named the starter for the game against the Colts, not the starter for the rest of the season.

We’ve been struggling as a team and trying to get back on the right side. I thought we played better football, I thought we had an excellent chance to win last week in Kansas City and we didn’t close the deal or make the plays to close the deal, but I thought we played cleaner, played some good football, so I want to see us go with that.

Keenum earned the right to start over incumbent backup T.J. Yates before the bye. Keenum had a stupendous collegiate career at the University of Houston and is a local favorite.

Schaub had been nursing a leg and ankle injury. Before he left the Rams game early with that injury, he struggled in 2012. He has thrown nine interceptions; four have been returned for touchdowns.

-- Dave Zangaro, CSNHouston.com

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