Texans coach Gary Kubiak expects rookie quarterback T.J. Yates to start the first ever playoff game for the franchise Saturday against the Bengals at Reliant Stadium. Yates separated his non-throwing shoulder in the season finale against the Titans, but Kubiak said Monday that all indications are that Yates will be able to make the start Saturday afternoon.
"Obviously we have to get him back on the field to be good and confident about that," said Kubiak. "But all indications are that we'll get there."
Yes has been the starter for the last five games since Matt Schaub and his back-up went out with injuries. Jake Delhomme played the majority of the game Sunday after Yates went out.
Even if Yates is somewhat limited due to the injury, Kubiak said he will go with the rookie Saturday: "He's very young and this is a big, big game but he's the best guy for our football team. If he's able to do the things we need him to do in practice then we'll turn him loose and let him go."