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Schaub heavily restricted by Kubiak entering OTAs

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HOUSTON -- The Texans begin their OTAs next week, and coach Gary Kubiak will have to keep a close eye on quarterback Matt Schaub to make sure he doesn't try to do too much.

Schaub is almost 100 percent recovered from surgery last season's surgery to repair the Lisfranc joint in his right foot and a subsequent follow-up procedure to remove the screws in his foot.

"If we're not paying attention, he'll do everything, but we're not going to let him do that," Kubiak said. "We're going to put the reins on him, so to speak. He will do drill work, could throw some 7-on-7, but he will not be put in a team environment where he might get tripped up or something like that. He's ready to go. It's us being cautious with him right now."

The goal has been to have Schaub 100 percent and ready to go for the start of training camp.

"He doesn't like it, but I think it's the best thing right now," Kubiak said. "We know Matt knows what he's doing, and this time of year is about getting people knowing what they're doing so they can compete in camp."

T.J. Yates, John Beck and rookie Case Keenum will get most of the work. They need it a lot more than Schaub, who's entering his sixth season in Kubiak's system.

"The reins are still there, and they pull them back whenever they need to, but we're really making a lot of progress, so it's good," Schaub said.

Schaub, who has been playing a lot of golf, was 7-3 as a starter last season. While he was healthy, the Texans averaged 27.3 points a game. He's eager to get back on the field.

After he was injured, Matt Leinart started one game and suffered a season-ending broken collarbone. Yates, a fifth-round pick, started the remainder of the season and two playoff games.

Leinart wasn't invited back and signed with Oakland. Yates is the backup. Beck is expected to be the third quarterback. Keenum seems targeted for the practice squad.

"It's just a matter of time," Schaub said. "It's just staying with the program, staying true to the plan, and, really, the next milestone is training camp, in my opinion. That's when everything really gets going.

"Being in my ninth year, I know how the offseason is. I do know the importance of it, but it's also important that I make sure to stay true to what we're trying to do, and the important thing is to be ready come camp time."

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