Rex Grossman has been named the Texans' No. 2 quarterback heading into the season opener against the New York Jets, coach Gary Kubiak announced after practice on Tuesday. Kubiak informed both Grossman and Dan Orlovsky of the decision this morning before practice.
"As I told Dan and Rex, I just said, 'I'm leaning towards Rex's experience and the way he's handled himself and handled the team the other night,'" Kubiak said, referring to Grossman's 197-yard, two-touchdown game against the Bucs on Sept. 4. "I'm kind of drawing from what I've seen him do in the past, and I'm just very comfortable with him right now."
Kubiak said he expects both players to be ready to go and that this won't necessarily be the pecking order for the rest of the season.
Kubiak also said that starting quarterback Matt Schaub took a "big step forward" today in his recovery from an ankle injury, taking half the reps in practice. Schaub's status for the season opener is still uncertain, but Tuesday's practice was a positive sign for the third-year starter.