HOUSTON The Houston Texans thought T.J. Yates could play, of course. That is sort of the whole point of having him on an NFL roster.
"He's an NFL quarterback," running back Arian Foster said.
That establishes the baseline expectation. Yates' trade is quarterbacking, and he would be expected to competently ply that trade for the Houston Texans against the Atlanta Falcons. Houston did not seem to be harboring any serious doubts about his ability to do that.
The night before the Texans (9-3) beat the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) 17-10 Sunday at Reliant Stadium, coach Gary Kubiak tested Yates on the gameplan, which Kubiak said was the same one he would have given Matt Schaub or Matt Leinart, who are both out for the year.
"I went in there and told the whole team, 'I wish you could have been in there, he's ready to play, he's going to be fine,'" Kubiak said. "But with so long to go, and so much riding on it, we need to ask him to grow up re...