Matt Leinart's shoulder injury may end the Texans quarterback's season, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"Texans QB Matt Leinart," Schefter writes, "whose left arm was in a sling with a collarbone injury, said there's a 'pretty good possibility' his season is over."
Leinart was playing in relief of Matt Schaub, who also suffered a season-ending injury, and the opportunity was widely viewed as a last chance for Leinart to establish himself as a viable NFL QB. A first-round draft pick of the Cardinals, Leinart entered the league to high expectations following a successful career at USC, but always found himself derailed in Arizona. The chance to fill in for Schaub with the Texans seemed to offer and opportunity to lead a team with a lot of offensive firepower and an established, successful scheme. Instead, Leinart's start ended just before halftime on a tough hit by Jacksonville defensive end Jeremy Mincey. He left the game having completed 10-of-13 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, and was relieved by rookie T.J. Yates, who finished the game. The Texans did not score after Leinart's departure but still held on to win the game 20-13.