Schaub expected to play vs. Dolphins after missing game with virus

Updated: October 7, 2008, 9:39 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- The Texans were still reeling from Sunday's spectacular collapse against the Indianapolis Colts, but on Monday, the realization hit that next up is a resurgent Miami Dolphins team.

The Texans (0-4) will try to begin their recovery behind Matt Schaub, who missed the game against the Colts because of a virus that forced him to spend Saturday night in the hospital.

"Matt's still a little weak, but he should be fine," coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. "He's feeling a lot better today. I don't see any reason he won't be on the [practice] field Wednesday."

Schaub watched Sunday's debacle from the sideline and said the next game can't come soon enough.

"You can't wait for that next opportunity to get out on the field and get a win," Schaub said. "We're definitely looking forward to getting back out there this week and getting past this last game and moving on."

What they will be trying to move on from is a nightmare that saw the Colts take advantage of a pair of fumbles by backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels to score 21 points in 2:10, erase a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit and get a 31-27 victory.

Players often say they give themselves a day or so to deal with a defeat before moving on. A loss this emotional, in Houston's first home game and its return to Reliant Stadium after Hurricane Ike, could be different. A whole lot different.

"I think a loss like this kind of hangs around because you're trying to figure how it happened and why it happened," Andre Johnson said. "But the only thing you can try to do is just put it behind you and that's it. It'll probably be hard."

The Texans will have to get over it quickly as they prepare for the surprising Dolphins and look to avoid their first 0-5 start since they lost their first six games in 2005 en route to a 2-14 finish.

This loss came a week after a 30-27 overtime defeat at Jacksonville and left Houston in its usual spot in last place in the AFC South, already 4 games behind first-place Tennessee.

At times like these, Kubiak said it's a challenge to keep the team positive.

"That's very difficult," he said. "It is because it's only human nature to get frustrated, get negative and those type of things. That's the way it is. That's life."

Despite their struggles this season, he's encouraged by the attitude of his team.

"The way I see these guys battling and talking and going about their jobs, I expect them to pull out of it," he said. "They expect themselves to pull out of it. Believe it or not, they're in a good frame of mind today and I expect them to be the same way this week."

Mario Williams said he'd never seen anything like Sunday's collapse. It was particularly difficult because it negated how well Houston played against the Colts for the first 55 minutes. The Texans had a season-high 156 yards rushing, Johnson had 131 yards receiving and Williams had a pair of sacks, his first since Week 1.

"It's like you're doing stuff so right and then it goes so wrong," Williams said. "Nobody is trying to mess up at all. It's just ... I don't know. It just happened. It's not we were out there just stinking it up; it was a great football game and it just slipped away."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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