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Case Keenum yanked for Matt Schaub in third quarter against Jaguars

Frank Schwab
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The Case Keenum experiment for the Houston Texans might have ended, for all practical purposes, on Thursday night.

For the second time in Houston's last four games, Keenum was pulled for veteran Matt Schaub. The move came with 4:10 left in the third quarter and Houston trailing Jacksonville 24-10. Keenum was 16-of-29 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Schaub went 6-of-7 for 76 yards and threw a touchdown on his first drive against the Jaguars, and played well for most of the second half. He completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards. But, with a little more than two minutes left, Schaub threw an interception that sealed a 27-20 loss.

There still are three games left this season for Keenum to impress the Houston brass, but there might be a few issues with that plan. First, the coaching staff is under pressure and might feel like Schaub gives the team a better chance to win a couple games the rest of the way and save their jobs. Also, the Texans, who came into Thursday's game with a 2-10 record, might have some serious housecleaning this offseason and a new front office might want to start with a new quarterback. The Texans will have a very high draft pick to facilitate that.

Keenum, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after a great college career at the University of Houston, has played pretty well on the whole this year. Before Thursday's game, he had 1,433 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in six starts. His play has dipped a bit in the past few weeks, however, shown by getting benched twice in the last four games.

After the game, Texans coach Gary Kubiak was clearly considering turning to Schaub for next week's game and maybe beyond.

Maybe Keenum rallies, or maybe the Texans saw enough from him so far this season to pass on the quarterbacks available in next year's draft and put faith in him as their starter in 2014. But it would seem like that's a long shot, especially after he got yanked from yet another game.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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