Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) lies on the ground after an injury sustained during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans players react to fans cheering for Matt Schaub's injury

On Sunday, the Houston Texans lost quarterback Matt Schaub to a ankle injury. Some fans were calling for Schaub to be benched after leading the Texans to three straight losses with four straight games of interceptions returned for touchdowns.

He didn’t get benched and he started the game and at one point he went down with an ankle injury. Fans cheered his injury, and even gave back up T.J. Yates and ovation when he came in. The Houston Texans players noticed, and they weren’t thrilled.

“For all the guy’s done for the city & team … that’s straight up disrespectful,” Yates said.

Brian Cushing called it “barbaric.”


Johnathan Joseph said: “They gonna do that, don’t show the f*ck up.”

Fans have a history of doing this, not usually with their own players though. Recently it happened to Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and lineman Eric Winston wasn’t thrilled and voiced his displeasure just like the Texans players are now.

Then back up T.J. Yates threw a pick-six.

[UPDATE 11:30]: From Deadspin:

Duane Brown:

“[F]or the fans that cheered when he got hurt, that’s disgusting. You can feel how you want about him as a player, but this is his livelihood. This is how he provides for his family.

“When a man goes down and he’s not able to get up and you’re cheering, that’s bad. It’s all bad. You don’t know what’s wrong with him at that point. That could be the last play of his career. You don’t know that. And for you to cheer and applaud that, I have no words for that.”

Andre Johnson:

“It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that they would do something like that. It just shows no class. It wasn’t all the fans. But those are the same people that you’re out somewhere with your family and you tell them they can’t have an autograph right now, those are the same people that tell you you’re rude.

“It shows what they’re all about. You don’t cheer about nobody being injured–I don’t care who it is.”

Arian Foster:

“That is just tasteless and tactless. I was extremely heated at that. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is not the kind of man I am. I don’t care how you feel about a man. You don’t kick him when he is down.”

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