The Houston Texans are optimistic, but both ESPN and NFL Network are reporting that quarterback Matt Schaub will miss a significant amount of time and possibly the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Schaub injured his right foot on a sneak play during Sunday's thumping of the Buccaneers. The Texans are sitting atop the AFC with a 7-3 record and their best start in franchise history. All that could fall apart if Schaub can not go again in 2011.

Matt Leinart is the number two man, but hasn't started a game since 2009 for the Arizona Cardinals. The former first round pick fell out of favor in Arizona after poor on-field production and questions about his dedication to the game.

The Texans have an unusually late bye-week which will allow them to get more opinions on Schaub's foot and get Leinart ready to play. The team is bringing in a specialist from Indianapolis for further evaluation and Schaub is reportedly flying later this week to Charlotte, NC for even more examinations. Schaub is optimistic that he can avoid surgery to repair the Lisfranc joint in his foot. Head Coach Gary Kubiak is hopeful that Schaub will be back sooner rather than later as the Texans look to be heading to their first ever playoff berth.

Look for Arian Foster and Ben Tate to shoulder even more of the load in the coming weeks for the Texans' offense.