Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/23/11

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he is sticking with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates as his starter.

The Texans (10-5), who have already wrapped up the AFC South Division title, have dropped back-to-back games, including a last-minute 19-16 loss at Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Yates was thrust into the lineup after starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart were lost for the season to injuries in consecutive weeks.

With standout wide receiver Andre Johnson sidelined by a hamstring injury, Yates has run a conservative offense. He was 13 of 16 for 132 yards in Thursday's game.

“He did some good things last night," Kubiak said. "You complete 13 out of 16 throws in this league, you’re doing something right.

“The issue last night, we didn’t protect him very well and gave up four sacks in 16 throws. That’s about as poor as it gets, so we better address that first as we keep moving him forward."

The Texans signed veterans Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia after the injuries to Schaub and Leinart.

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