Capers: Carr probably won't play against Carolina

Updated: October 27, 2003, 5:47 PM ET

HOUSTON -- David Carr probably will miss the Texans' upcoming game against Carolina because of a badly sprained right ankle, though an MRI showed no serious damage.

"David is doubtful for this week," coach Dom Capers said Monday. "He's gone through all the tests and everything and we're treating this as a typical ankle sprain. We want him to be well before we put him back out there."

Carr, who didn't miss a snap last season despite setting the NFL sacks record with 76, was hurt during the first quarter of Sunday's 30-21 loss at Indianapolis. Colts defensive end Raheem Brock rolled into his ankle during a sack.

Carr missed two series, then came back and led a 79-yard drive that ended with a TD pass to Billy Miller. But he limped off after aggravating the sprain again.

Tony Banks returned to the game for good and finished 12-of-17 for 88 yards. He will take the first-team snaps at Wednesday's practice.

Capers stopped short of declaring Carr would be out after starting the franchise's first 23 games.

"For this type of injury we'll just take it day to day," Capers said.

Ironically, Carr's first troublesome injury came with just his 11th sack in seven games. Seventeen quarterbacks have been taken down this season more often than Carr, including three who have played fewer games.

Players weren't available for interviews Monday, but Carr said after the game Sunday it was the first time he was rendered unable to play by an injury.

"David's a competitor and he'll want to come back as quickly as he possibly can," Capers said. "How he responds will determine how fast he'll be able to come back."

The Texans led 14-3 after Carr left for the second and final time. Banks, a journeyman signed in the summer of 2002 after he was dumped by the Cowboys, did not play last year and had logged just 17 snaps until the Colts game.

Though Banks has bounced around the league and has been known for fumbling, Capers noted he played admirably Sunday and will have the benefit of more practice time this week to prepare for the Panthers.

"If a guy knows he's going to start -- Tony will get the repetitions and Dave Ragone will get the backup repetitions -- that will be what we'll be looking at," Capers said.

The Texans would consider signing another backup -- likely last year's No. 3 quarterback, Mike Quinn -- if they thought Carr's injury would keep him out for longer than a week or two, Capers said. The present plan, assuming Carr is out, is for the Texans to have two healthy quarterbacks and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney as the last-resort backup.

In other injury news, Capers said Pro Bowl defensive end Gary Walker, who missed the Colts game with turf toe, also will miss Wednesday's practice, as will outside linebacker Charlie Clemons (ankle).

The Texans' other Pro Bowler from last year, cornerback Aaron Glenn, was rattled on a hit to the head by a teammate but apparently did not suffer a concussion and should practice this week.

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