HOUSTON (AP) — Texans coach Gary Kubiak said quarterback Matt Schaub went through his normal Monday routine and looked "fine" the day after losing a bit of his left ear lobe in a win in Denver.
The Texans moved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history by beating old nemesis Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday.
Houston is one of three unbeaten teams left, along with Arizona and Atlanta, heading into Sunday's game against Tennessee (1-2) at Reliant Stadium.
Schaub took a beating in Denver, sacked on Houston's first snap for a safety and then lost his helmet and a chunk of his ear on a vicious hit by Joe Mays.
Schaub still tied a career high with four touchdown passes and only missed one snap after Mays dazed him, an answer to anyone who's questioned his durability in the past.
"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."
Schaub missed five games in 2007 with a shoulder injury and concussion, and five games in 2008 with a left knee injury following a low hit by Minnesota's Jared Allen. He played in all 16 games in 2009 and '10, then fractured his right Lisfranc joint on a quarterback sneak in Tampa Bay in Week 10 last year.
He went down hard after Mays crashed helmet-first into his jaw in the third quarter on Sunday, just after he'd thrown a deep pass to Andre Johnson.
Schaub's helmet bounced off and he immediately covered both ears with his hands after hitting the turf. He walked off the field on his own and told athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan on the bench, "I'm fine."
Kubiak was watching the pass, which fell incomplete, and didn't see the hit until he watched the replay of the game back in Houston on Monday.
He wouldn't say if he thought it merited a fine for Mays, who earned a roughing the passer penalty.
"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."
Denver coach John Fox said Monday that Mays wasn't trying to injure Schaub.
"I know this, he doesn't do that intentionally to hurt them," Fox said. "I mean, that's not Joe Mays. It's not what we teach. It's accidental. It's playing football, and you see it around the league every week."
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