HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Leinart's return to the NFL lasted less than a half.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak says his backup quarterback is out for the season after fracturing his left collarbone in the second quarter of Houston's 20-13 win in Jacksonville on Sunday.
Leinart was making his first start since 2009 in place of Matt Schaub, who broke a bone in his right foot in the Texans' win in Tampa Bay on Nov. 13. Kubiak says Leinart will have surgery within the next week.
Despite a rash of injuries, Houston (8-3) has won a franchise-record five straight games. Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina, will start Sunday's game against Atlanta (7-4). Kellen Clemens, signed last week, will back him up.