Matt Schaub's day started with a sack for a safety and ended with him getting X-rays on his aching left shoulder. In between, an illegal hit from linebacker Joe Mays sent both his helmet and a piece of his ear flying.
Despite the blood, bruises and bumps, Schaub said he felt pretty darn good.
He drew a bombardment of praise for his toughness from his teammates, his coaches and even his opponents after withstanding a constant barrage of pass-rushers to lead the Houston Texans past the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning 31-25 on Sunday.
''It's the ultimate compliment when your teammates feel that way about you,'' Schaub said. ''It's just me being the quarterback. I've got to be out there every play and you're going to get hit in this league and you've got to take it and go.''
Actually, Schaub had to miss one play after Mays' brutal third-quarter hit.
He had a towel to his left ear to staunch the bleeding while backup T.J....