Texans unhappy fans cheered Schaub's injury
As Matt Schaub laid on the ground surrounded by trainers during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, many Texans fans cheered. And as he left the field and backup T.J. Yates came in, the cheers only got louder.
“No class,” said wide receiver Andre Johnson. “It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that they would do something like that. It just shows no class.”
Schaub, 32, has struggled this season. Coming into Sunday, he had thrown a pick-6 in four consecutive games. But a sizeable portion of the fans in attendance on Sunday cheered the starting quarterback’s injury, an act starting left tackle Duane Brown said was “disgusting” and Yates said was “disrespectful.”
Before the injury to his right leg, Schaub had completed 15 of 21 attempts for 186 yards. Schaub did not return and Yates threw a interception that was returned 98 yards for a score.
“That’s just tactless and tasteless,” running back Arian Foster said. “I was extremely heated at that. They have to go home and look at themselves in the mirror and if they were born to hurt a man, that’s fine. They can do what they do. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is not the kind of man I am. I’ve got to go home and raise a daughter and teach her right from wrong. That is not something you do. I don’t care how you feel about a man. You don’t kick him when he’s down.”
This is Schaub’s seventh year with the Texans. Last season, he went to his second-career Pro Bowl and threw for over 4,000 yards, leading the Texans to their second straight division crown.
“I don’t know if I can really put into words how that makes you feel as a player,” left guard Wade Smith said. “It’s not painting the whole city or our fanbase in one brush but there was a lot of people, a lot, that were cheering and that, I don’t know what the word is, but it’s extremely disappointing to hear that. For what Matt has done for this city as far as winning ballgames, as far as what he’s done for this city as far as the community, giving back, representing the organization the way it’s supposed to be, and for that to happen, it’s extremely disappointing.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak said it was a tough decision to start Schaub this week. Schaub had thrown nine interceptions in five games before Sunday. But the Texans say he didn’t deserve to have his injury cheered.
“It’s terrible. Absolutely terrible,” Yates said. “How would you feel if you’re laying there on the ground and fans are cheering? I can’t even describe how mad that makes me.”