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Schaub to start at QB against Broncos

Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.

Houston Texans' Matt Schaub, left,  and Case Keenum look up at the scoreboard during a game earlier this season. Schaub was announced the Texans starter Wednesday after Keenum was ruled out with a knee injury.

HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Schaub will start at quarterback on Sunday for Houston against Denver, and interim coach Wade Phillips expects him to receive a better reception than he did the last time he played at Reliant Stadium.

Schaub will start for an injured Case Keenum and try to help the Texans end a 12-game skid. Schaub's last action in Houston came when he took over late in a game against Oakland on Nov. 17 as Keenum was struggling. The home crowd booed him so loudly when he entered the game that the offense was forced to use a silent count.

"I'm not worried about that because I know a majority of our fans are with us no matter what, and they've stuck through no matter what," Phillips said. "We appreciate them. This is our last home game, so we need a lot of support and I think we'll get it."

Schaub, who was benched after six games, will start for the first time since Oct. 13. Keenum has an injury to a ligament in his right thumb and was unable to grip the football Tuesday. Phillips said he will wear a splint this week, and he isn't sure of his status past Sunday. Keenum fell on his thumb and injured it on the last of his four sacks in this weekend's loss to the Colts.

Schaub last played in the second half at Jacksonville on Dec. 5 and moved the ball well before throwing an interception on what could have been the go-ahead drive in a 27-20 loss.

Also, Phillips announced that RB Ben Tate will be placed on the injured reserve after another injury to his ribs.

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