No doubt Matt Schaub's ankle injury has the Texans on edge. If Schaub can't play against New York, the Texans will have to rely on Dan Orlovsky, who has had an up-and-down preseason. There is no other option. Or is there?
Just when you thought Rex Grossman was surely headed for waivers, he has suddenly recovered enough to play Friday night in a last-ditch effort to make the team. If he looks good and Orlovsky struggles, you would have to think that the coaches would at least consider using Grossman's services if Schuab is out.
In all likelihood, Schaub will play. The coaching staff would probably rather have Schaub in a ski boot than risk playing without him. The field goal drive he orchestrated on a bad wheel Monday night was a nice piece of work.
It would be nice to see Brian Cushing play, but don't expect him to participate until the opener. For all the heat the defense has taken, remember that three would-be starters have been out with Cushing, Jacques Reeves and Dunta Robinson all unavailable so far.
Even though most of the starters will sit against the Bucs, there is much drama going on in deep steel blue. Jacoby Jones took every punt return in prime time Monday night. He didn't make mistakes, but the magic of his rookie preseason is missing. He appears to be safe, but could use a big play.
The defensive tackles have to step up no matter who plays. Antwaun Molden has to continue to get healthier so he can play up to his potential. Arian Foster has a chance to make things interesting at running back.