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Texans to start Rosenfels


Sage Rosenfels will make his sixth start with the Texans this afternoon.

The Texans will start quarterback Sage Rosenfels instead of Matt Schaub Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts in the regular season home opener at Reliant Stadium.

Schaub fell ill with a virus Saturday night and was taken to a local hospital, but he is active as the Texans' second quarterback for today's game.

After the game, Schaub spoke to the media.

"I feel pretty good, I feel better than I did yesterday and last night," Schaub said. "I'm obviously drained. I haven't really been able to eat anything. Yesterday afternoon, the stomach bug got to me and it wasn't a very pretty 24 hours for me. I don't want to go into any details about that, but I had to replace a lot of fluids and try to get numerous IVs last night at the hospital and just try to replace them and get myself as prepared as I could to go out and play out there today. I felt like I was able to do that, but the energy just wasn't there. My ability to go out there and play I thought was there, but after talking to (head) coach (Gary Kubiak) and (general manager) Rick (Smith), we just decided it wasn't the best thing for the team."

Coach Gary Kubiak explained his decision-making process for starting Rosenfels after the loss.

"Late last night Matt got sick on us," Kubiak said. "We had to put him in the hospital. We brought him in here today. He wasn't able to keep anything down. We had to give him four or five bags of fluid. We took him out on the field to try to get a feel for him. No doubt in my mind he wasn't a hundred percent. After discussing it with him, they reaffirmed what I thought. So I thought it was best to give us the best chance and play it safe and for Matt to try to get some fluids down him just in case we needed him to go."

In five starts with the Texans in 2007, Rosenfels was 4-1. He played in 10 total games last year and finished with a career-high 1,684 passing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Schaub had his best start of the season last week in an overtime loss at Jacksonville. He finished with three touchdowns and 307 passing yards with no interceptions.

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