Matt Schaub lost part of his ear after a brutal hit in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, but the Houston Texans quarterback was back to work like normal on Monday.
Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub went through his normal weekly routine on Monday and looked “fine” despite losing piece of his earlobe the day before, The Associated Press reported.
Matt Schaub was able to return to the game quickly after losing part of his ear, guiding the Texans past a Peyton Manning comeback attempt and taking the Texans to 3-0, the only undefeated team left in the AFC. He was able to tie his career high with four touchdown passes in the game.
Kubiak said he felt like Schaub could have used some more help on the field.
“We’ve got to protect him better,” Kubiak said Monday. “But Matt played tough all day long. When your quarterback plays like that, you’re going to have a chance to win every week.”
Kubiak added that he thinks defender Joe Mays could be in for a fine after the hit.
“Obviously, he took a really good shot there,” Kubiak said. “That’s the league’s job, to sort those things out. Obviously, we protect our players. If we think something is wrong, we turn it into the league and then they’ve got to go sort that out. We’re just fortunate our guy is fine, and we just move onto the next one.”
The NFL’s former head of officiating Mike Pereira agreed. He tweeted that Mays should have been ejected and fined at least $50,000 for the “vicious” play.
Matt Schaub has had problems with injuries earlier in his career. In 2007 he missed give games with shoulder injuries and a concussion, and in 2008 missed give games with a knee injury. Then again last year he was injured in week 10, leaving T.J. Yates to lead the team into the playoffs.
The torn earlobe is not expected to keep Matt Schaub out of next week’s game.