You know how I know that we’re one game away from the conclusion of Week 10? Sure, I could just look at the calendar, the Internet, or lick my finger and stick it in the air. Those all seem like reasonable options, but there’s an even easier way: consult the amount of times broken bones have been mentioned on the blog.

This is our third post today about a major injury that could derail a team. The difference is that the Eagles were already cooked, and despite their record and position in the AFC West, there was little optimism surrounding the Chiefs after losses to Denver and Miami.

But the Texans are real, and they’re spectacular. And now they have yet another massive injury to fight through.

This time it’s their quarterback Matt Schaub, who suffered what Texans head coach Gary Kubiak dubbed a “significant foot injury” on a quarterback sneak during Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. The Texans are one of four teams with a bye this week, and ESPN’s Jon Clayton reports that Schaub will spend his bye week traveling around the country visiting specialists while nursing his foot in a walking boot.

He’s already been ruled out for Houston’s Week 12 game against Jacksonville, which shows the severity of the injury and its potential to sideline Schaub for a significant length of time. Adam Schefter is reporting that Schaub has a Lisfranc fracture, which would end his season.

Thankfully, their next opponent is the lowly Jags, and overall Houston’s schedule is relatively easy to finish out the season, with the Panthers, Colts, and Titans lined up in Weeks 15, 16, and 17. Including the tiebreaker they hold over Tennessee, the Texans currently have a two-game lead in the AFC South, which is becoming a remarkable accomplishment with their four best players (Schaub, Johnson, Arian Foster, and Mario Williams) all missing significant time.

The cushion they’ve built should be enough to secure the franchise’s first playoff berth, but their post-season stay could be short lived if Matt Leinart is still leading the offense. With the injuries to Foster and Johnson, the one anchor holding the Texans’ offense together was Schaub.

He’ll now be replaced by Leinart, an anchor that’s made of styrofoam.

Oh, and did you think we’re done with today’s injuries? Ha, rookies…

  • Peyton Hillis has already been ruled out for Week 11, but Pat Shurmur said in his weekly press conference that the team remains hopeful that he’ll return at some point this season, and he won’t be placed on injured reserve. I also remain hopeful that Kate Upton will return my calls.
  • It’s Monday, so when a head coach is evasive regarding his stud’s status it’s too early to make any conclusions. Still, any time Calvin Johnson’s head coach says “I hope so” regarding his status, that sucks.
  • A hip injury has ended Leonard Hankerson’s rookie season early.
  • The news is much better for another rookie wide receiver. A.J. Green hyperextended his knee yesterday, but Marvin Lewis says he should be fine.