Leinart fractures collarbone, will need surgery

November 28, 2011 - 6:06 PM
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Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart (11) reacts after getting sacked during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Texans won 20-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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.