Keenum preparing as Texans starter

Keenum preparing as Texans starter
December 26, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Case Keenum, who missed the Texans' game against the Broncos last week, is preparing as if he's the starter this week. 

If he's healthy enough to play, interim coach Wade Phillips said Keenum would start. 

"Yeah, that’s how I’m preparing," Keenum said to reporters on Thursday. "As long as we don’t go backwards, as far as anything, I think I feel good, feel ready to go.”

Keenum said he had one of his better days of practice on Thursday. Last week, Keenum was in a splint because of a hurt thumb on his throwing hand. In his place, former starter Matt Schaub played against the Broncos and had the Texans within three points as the third quarter turned into the fourth. They Texans lost 37-13. 

Keenum's first start came against the Chiefs before the bye week and he hasn't picked up his first NFL win yet. The Texans are on a 13-game losing streak. Their last game is this Sunday in Tennessee. 

“I want to go win and that’s my mindset," Keenum said. "I think everybody in that locker room feels the same way. I love playing, I love competing and I love winning. It’s definitely better than the alternative and I think that’s what we all want to go do.”

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