A milestone by Andre Johnson was one of the few bright spots for the Texans on Sunday in Jacksonville.
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The Texans lost 23-18 on the road at Jacksonville on Sunday, completing a season sweep by the Jaguars.
Schaub's shoulder: Offensively, the Texans began the game in a frightening way. Quarterback Matt Schaub was sacked and left the field due to a dislocated left shoulder after the team's first play. Backup Rex Grossman filled in for the rest of the first quarter and wound up with 33 yards passing on a 3-of-9 performance, with one interception.
Schaub returned in the second quarter and wound up throwing for 207 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception. After the game, he explained what happened when he left the field in the first quarter.
"I came in and had some X-rays and re-set it and went back out there and played," Schaub said. "They were trying to give me all the scenarios, and I was like, 'Let's put that brace on and let's go.'"
Schaub said he wore a harness to keep his shoulder in place. Tight end Joel Dreessen was impressed by Schaub's toughness.
"That was very encouraging," Dreessen said. "That was awesome to see him come back out there."
As for Grossman, he would've liked a better performance.
"We definitely should've moved the ball a little bit more to get our defense in better field position," Grossman said. "It's always good to get experience, and I feel like I'll be ready to play (now) if Matt can't go."
Another milestone:When Schaub connected with wide receiver Andre Johnson for a 53-yard completion in the fourth quarter, the All-Pro pass catcher cracked the 1,000-yard receiving barrier for the fourth time in his seven-year career. Johnson finished the game with 99 yards on seven catches with one score, giving him 70 catches for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
Johnson upped his career totals to 556 catches for 7,423 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Jones explanation:Wide receiver Jacoby Jones didn't make the trip to Jacksonville with the team, and head coach Gary Kubiak explained why in his postgame session with the media.
"Nothing other than missing a meeting," Kubiak said. "He missed a meeting on Saturday, so I made the decision not to bring him."
Wide receiver Glenn Martinez took Jones' spot on punt return duties and returned three for a combined 13 yards.
"It was very disappointing," Kubiak said of Jones' absence. "Everybody knew how important this game was, how much was on the line. We had a really good week as a team, and (then) you get a distraction like that on Saturday morning."
DeMeco's big day: Linebacker DeMeco Ryans was a force on defense Sunday against Jacksonville. He finished with a sack - one of four Texans sacks on the day - and five tackles, two of which were for a loss. He also hurried Jaguars quarterback David Garrard twice.
Despite the big day individually, Ryans obviously was disappointed in losing for the seventh time in 2009.
"It's terrible, horrible," Ryans said. "I feel bad about it because it's tough to swallow and it's tough to take it all in. To know that we're better than that and not get the results, it just hurts."