- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Leinart’s return to the NFL lasted less than a half, and coach Gary Kubiak says the Texans will sign another quarterback this week.

Leinart will be placed on injured reserve after fracturing his left collarbone in the second quarter of Houston’s 20-13 win in Jacksonville on Sunday.

The left-handed Leinart was making his first start since 2009 in place of Matt Schaub, who broke a bone in his right foot in the Texans’ 37-9 win in Tampa Bay on Nov. 13.

Kubiak says Leinart will have surgery within the next week, and Schaub is due to have surgery on Wednesday to repair a Lisfranc injury.

“I’ve been a little bit part coach, part counselor here the last couple of weeks,” Kubiak said. “I’ve got Schaub in my office all day last Monday and today I’ve got Lefty (Leinart) up there. It’s just difficult. It’s difficult for both of them.”

Despite losing one key player after another, Houston (8-3) has won a franchise-record five straight games. Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina, will start Sunday’s game against Atlanta (7-4). Kellen Clemens, signed last week, will back him up.

Kubiak says Houston will try out other quarterbacks this week. And he hinted that he might even consider 42-year-old Brett Favre, who retired in January after 20 seasons.

“I don’t think you rule out anybody,” Kubiak said when asked about Favre specifically. “There are a lot of names being mentioned. We’ve got to continue to work through the process.

“I’m not going to rule out anybody, nor confirm anybody.”

Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, said late Monday the Texans have not contacted him about Favre.

Clemens was one of five quarterbacks to try out last Tuesday in the wake of Schaub’s injury. Kubiak spent much of Monday discussing all the options.

“When that will happen, I don’t know,” Kubiak said. “My focus now is strictly with T.J. and Kellen, and moving forward with Atlanta.”

Brodie Croyle, Jeff Garcia, Trent Edwards and former Rice quarterback Chase Clement worked out last Tuesday. Clemens had an automatic edge because he spent training camp with Washington, former Kubiak mentor Mike Shanahan and former Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

“I have an opinion on those guys,” Kubiak said. “There are some other names that are going to come up in the next day or so. We’ll just have to sort it all out.”

The 6-foot-3 Yates, a record-setting quarterback for the Tar Heels, went 8 for 15 for 70 yards in place of Leinart on Sunday. Kubiak says he kept the play calls simple for Yates.

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