Yates leaves game in first quarter

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Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates left Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium in the first quarter with a bruised left shoulder.

Yates was injured on the Texans' first offensive play when he was sacked by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and defensive end Derrick Morgan. He played the rest of the series before going off to the locker room for X-rays, about which he said "everything's good."

Yates said he has no doubt he'll be able to play next week in the first round of the playoffs.

"I dinged up the shoulder a little bit," Yates said. "It was not too big of a deal. I could see how it was kind of amped up to be a big deal, but it's not that big of a deal. It didn't really hurt that bad; just something we wanted to make sure we didn't make any worse."

Late in the first quarter, Yates returned to the sideline in his uniform and pads. He did not go back into the game for precautionary reasons.

"He's got a bruised shoulder at this moment," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. "He's being evaluated. He will be evaluated this evening. We'll get some pictures of it here this evening, and I'll know more tomorrow. He could've went back in the game. Obviously, I didn't want him to go back in the game."

The Texans rested several starters on Sunday with the third seed in the AFC locked up and a Jan. 7-8 Wild Card playoff game coming up at Reliant Stadium.

Thirteenth-year veteran Jake Delhomme replaced Yates on the Texans' second series. He went 18-of-28 for 211 yards and a touchdown with one lost fumble. He had a passer rating of 99.0. It was his first action since 2010 with the Cleveland Browns after coming out of retirement to sign with the Texans on Nov. 30. Yates was 4-of-4 for 47 yards on the opening drive, leading the Texans 90 yards in 13 plays for a four-yard touchdown run by Ben Tate.

"Boy, I tell you, he played good," Kubiak said. "He looked like a champ. He goes down the first play... but boy, did he play well. He got the ball out fast. He made quick decisions, made a big third down on the third-and-10. He continues to get better. He's going to have to play really big for us, and I was proud of the way he started today."

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