Kubiak: Yates, Keenum split reps

Kubiak: Yates, Keenum split reps
October 16, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Texans report: Keenum, Yates split reps Wednesday

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Matt Schaub wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday because of his injured leg.

In his place, backup quarterback T.J. Yates and third-string quarterback Case Keenum split the practice reps.

“I just did exactly what I told y’all I was gonna do,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “I split them right down the middle. They both practiced pretty good. I thought we had a good practice, good start to our week.”

Schaub’s leg is swollen and sore. He wasn’t involved in team meetings but did attend practice out of uniform as a spectator. Kubiak continued to say that Schaub’s status will be a late-week decision.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said it is normal for the quarterbacks to split reps on Wednesdays.

Yates came into Sunday’s game in relief of Schaub and struggled. But he has had some success in the past. Two years ago, he won the franchise’s first playoff game. Keenum is the local favorite, having playing at the University of Houston.

Keenum is known as the more talented runner, which would seemingly give him an advantage against the Chiefs’ ferocious pass rush.

“I think T.J. moves well too,” Kubiak said when asked about Keenum’s legs.

The Texans’ head coach said he can wait until Sunday to decide about Schaub’s status and who he will start. He doesn’t have to make a decision until then. The Chiefs will have to prepare for the possibility of any of the three quarterbacks starting.

“In a situation like this, you prepare probably more for the scheme, a team that’s coming off a 400-plus yard game,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with Houston reporters on Wednesday.