DENVER – Texans quarterback
Part of his left ear.
Early in the third quarter of the Texans’ 31-25 victory at Denver, Schaub was tagged by the Broncos with two consecutive late hits that drew 15-yard penalties. The second, a vicious blow to the head by Broncos linebacker Joe Mays, popped Schaub’s helmet off and knocked him to the ground.
Schaub was bleeding from his left ear and immediately tended to by a group of Texans trainers as he lay on the field. He eventually got up and walked to the sideline under his own power. It appeared that his helmet gashed his earlobe as it flew off from the impact of Mays' hit.
“I felt fine,” Schaub said after the game. “I just lost a little piece of my ear and I was bleeding and my helmet came off, so I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.”
“He’s one tough S.O.B.,” Yates said after the game. “He took a beating out there. He took some cheap shots. He got hit with his helmet off, got a big cut on him, and he still came out there and played a heck of a game. He’s one tough guy. It’s inspiring to see.”
A play before the hit from Mays, Schaub was hit late by linebacker Von Miller after throwing a two-yard pass to
Schaub went to the locker room briefly in the third quarter for X-rays on his left shoulder. They were negative.
“It’s funny,” running back
“I told Matt five times today, he’s the man,” left tackle
Schaub threw his 100th touchdown pass Sunday with a 60-yard bomb to
“I’ve seen Matt play a lot of good games, and this is right up there with it,” Walter said. “He took some hits, he comes out one play, he’s right back in, throws four touchdowns. The guy’s a true player.”
Kubiak gave Schaub the game ball in the postgame locker room, an honor that several of Schaub’s teammates said couldn’t have gone to anyone else.
“It’s the ultimate compliment when your teammates feel that way about you,” Schaub said. “It’s just me being the quarterback. I’ve got to be out there every play. You’re going to get hit in this league, and you’ve got to just take it and go.”