And you think the Chicago Cubs are cursed?
Matt Leinart has just told reporters in Jacksonville that he is likely out for the season with a left shoulder injury. "I think there's a pretty good possibility, I won't be coming back this season," Leinart said after lasting less than a half in his first NFL start in more than two years.
It's thought that Leinart has a broken collarbone. This would be the second time that Leinart's broken his collarbone in his career. The quarterback knows what the injury feels like.
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky first tweeted Leinart's quote.
The Houston Texans held on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-13 without Leinart playing in the second half — and without the team scoring a single point in the second half. Rookie T.J. Yates is now the quarterback entrusted with an 8-3 team thinking playoffs. Unless general manager Rick Smith can come up with another answer for a team that hasn't stopped winning — or losing major players.
For the Texans and coach Gary Kubiak, the Leinart loss is the latest in an almost bizarre string of injuries. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub and outside linebacker Mario Williams are also out for the season. Lifeline wide receiver Andre Johnson just returned after missing six games. Tailback Arian Foster, the NFL's reigning rushing leader, missed most of four games with a hamstring injury.
And on, it goes . . .
"I know he's very disappointed," Kubiak said of Leinart in his postgame press conference. "We'll keep our fingers crossed until we get home."
Leinart will get more X-rays when he returns to Houston, but he knows better than to expect anything different.