Texans give first start to Keenum
Case Keenum, who hasn’t played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
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HOUSTON — Case Keenum, who hasn’t played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
Keenum will make his first appearance in a regular-season game against the rugged defense of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the fans just set a Guinness record as the noisiest outdoor stadium in the world.
So be it: Keenum will start for Matt Schaub, who is out dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot, and will try to help the Texans snap a four-game losing streak.
“We’re struggling, and we’re looking for a spark,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there. It’s a tough place to play. It’s a tough place to get your first start and all that good stuff. But I’m not sending him out there by himself. I’m sending him out there with his football team, and the guys understand that.”
Keenum was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston before spending last season on the practice squad. The undrafted free agent has played in several exhibition games, but hasn’t played in a game that counted since leading the Cougars to a 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012.
The Texans (2-4) have been hurt by penalties, turnovers and other mistakes during their skid. Kubiak chose to go with Keenum over backup T.J. Yates, who led Houston to its first playoff win two years ago when Schaub was hurt. Yates struggled Sunday after Schaub was injured, throwing two interceptions, the first of which was returned for a touchdown.
PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles will start his second consecutive game for the Eagles, on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Michael Vick.
“No, I’m not playing this week,” Vick said.
Vick declared his status two hours after Eagles coach Chip Kelly would not rule out Vick, though Kelly spoke before practice and Vick spoke after practice.
The result puts Foles in the spotlight for the second consecutive week, and continues an opportunity for the second-year quarterback to unseat Vick from the starting job.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Injured Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker said he’s preparing to start Sunday against San Francisco.
The Titans aren’t saying he will, but they’re also not saying he won’t.
Coach Mike Munchak said the Titans are going to wait and see how the former Huskies star feels after a second straight practice before deciding who starts against the 49ers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed as the starter preparing for his third start for Locker, who sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29.
• New York Jets coach Rex Ryan clarified what he told his players at a team meeting earlier this week: “I did not tell our players that they couldn’t have sex,” Ryan said. “I did not say that.”
• Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday to attend the funeral of his 2-year-old son in Sioux Falls, S.D.
• Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee is not practicing because of an unspecified injury.