Ailing QB Schaub sits for Texans; Rosenfels starts vs. Colts

Updated: October 5, 2008, 4:00 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Sage Rosenfels was named the surprise starter at quarterback Sunday for the Houston Texans in their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Regular starter Matt Schaub fell ill Saturday and spent the night in an area hospital with a viral infection.

Schaub was at Reliant Stadium and active for the game and was not mentioned in the Texans' initial lineup changes. But the team later confirmed Rosenfels would start.

The Texans don't have a third quarterback. Tight end Owen Daniels is the team's emergency option.

Paul Kuharsky covers the AFC South for ESPN.com.

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