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Texans QB Leinart to have season-ending collarbone surgery

(Reuters) - The Houston Texans suffered another setback when they lost their second quarterback to injury in as many weeks as Matt Leinart has a broken collarbone and will require season-ending surgery, the team said Monday.

First choice starter Matt Schaub has already been ruled out for the season with a foot injury he picked up two weeks ago and Leinart's first start since 2009 was brief as he left Sunday's game at Jacksonville in the second quarter.

"He's very disappointed," Texans coach Kubiak, who will go with rookie T.J. Yates as his starter and recently acquired Kellen Clemens as backup, told a news conference.

Kubiak, who said Leinart will undergo surgery within the next week, said the Texans would bring in another quarterback but that Yates will start December 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

There have been rumors that the AFC South-leading Texans (8-3) could turn to an experienced free agent with, perhaps inevitably, the name of Brett Favre coming up.

Asked if he would rule out a move for the 42-year-old Favre, one of the National Football League's most decorated players who retired in January after a 20-season career, Kubiak said: "I don't think you rule out anybody ... I'm not going to rule out anybody nor confirm anybody."

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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