Texans practice without Schaub on Wednesday, acquire former Raven WR Mason

As if the Texans didn’t have enough to worry about on the injury front.

According to ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, Houston quarterback Matt Schaub missed practice Wednesday after sitting out to nurse a sore throwing shoulder. Despite the time away from the field, Schaub said he will play Sunday against the Ravens.

The decision to keep Schaub out of practice doesn’t sound like anything serious, but if Schaub somehow had to miss Sunday’s game, backup Matt Leinart would likely take over the starting role.

Even with Schaub under center, the news of a sore shoulder should have the Ravens defense licking its chops. The Texans are already without fullback James Casey and star wide receiver Andre Johnson, so the thought of a less than healthy Schaub will likely mean stacking the box, both to keep running back Arian Foster in check and to dial up the pressure on Schaub to take advantage of that shoulder.

Earlier this week, the Texans acquired veteran receiver Derrick Mason from the Jets. Mason, who was expected to have a more productive role with New York, spent the previous six seasons with the Ravens and could see more production with the absence of Johnson.