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QB Schaub out for season

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) warms up prior to a game between the Texans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Texans defeated the Buccaneers 37-9 in an NFL game Sunday, November 13, 2011 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Margaret Bowles)

The Houston Texans put quarterback Matt Schaub on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with an injury to his right foot and signed quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Schaub suffered a Lisfranc fracture in the foot during the Texans’ game Nov. 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Texans had a bye last week, giving Schaub time to meet with several doctors, including a specialist who determined he’ll need season-ending surgery.

‘‘I hurt for him because he was having a Pro Bowl season,” coach Gary Kubiak said. ‘‘But he will be back, and he will play at a high level for a very long time.”

Matt Leinart will start for the Texans on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Clemens becomes the backup, bumping rookie T.J. Yates to No. 3 on the depth chart.

Another season-ender

The Buffalo Bills put running back Fred Jackson on season-ending injured reserve with a broken bone in his lower right leg suffered Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Coach Chan Gailey said backup C.J. Spiller will start Sunday against the New York Jets.

Jackson ranked third in the NFL with 934 rushing yards this season and trailed only the Bears’ Matt Forte with 1,376 yards from scrimmage.

Even more injury news

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick didn’t practice because of broken ribs, and it’s uncertain whether he will play in the team’s game Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Vick broke his two lower ribs on the second play of the Eagles’ game Nov. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals and missed their game Sunday against the New York Giants. Vince Young filled in and threw two touchdown passes.

◆ Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb went through a substantial practice for the first time since suffering a foot injury 31/2 weeks ago and said he is optimistic he will be able to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Kolb said he has been frustrated by his slow recovery from a turf toe and a bruise on his right foot. He was injured in the Cardinals’ game Oct. 30 against the Baltimore Ravens.

◆ Injured Green Bay Packers running back James Starks might be able to play Thursday aagainst the Detroit Lions after all. Starks sprained his right knee and ankle late in the Packers’ game Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Coach Mike McCarthy said a decision about whether Starks plays will be made before the game.

◆ New York Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty will have surgery Thursday to repair a detached retina in his right eye. The team said there is no timetable for his return.

Sun-Times wires