While the Minnesota Vikings have reportedly waived veteran QB Donovan McNabb Thursday, the Houston Texans are not expected to make a claim for the long-time veteran, despite their own chaotic QB situation.
Houston does not have the $1.5 million in cap space necessary to claim McNabb off waivers, and several contending teams, like the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, have unsettled backup QB situations and both tried to claim Kyle Orton on waivers last week.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak has indicated he will go with rookie fifth-round pick T.J. Yates as the starter, but both of Yates' back-ups -- Kellen Clemens and Jake Delhomme -- have been on the roster for less than two weeks and neither has thrown an NFL pass this season.
If McNabb makes it through the waiver process the story out of Houston might change, but for now the Texans have indicated they are satisfied with their QB threesome for now.
Delhomme played for the Cleveland Browns last season but was cut in July. He appeared in five games for the Browns in 2010 but lost the starting job to Colt McCoy and finished with just two touchdowns and seven interceptions. According to Delhomme's agent, he has stayed in shape and was looking for another opportunity in the league.
"He relishes that role, and he's looking forward to contributing to the team," Smith said in a phone interview. "He keeps himself in shape, he's been throwing a bunch."
Houston lost regular starter Matt Schaub to a season ending foot injury and then lost his back up Matt Leinart last weekend. Delhomme joins T.J. Yates and Kellen Clemens as quarterback options for the Texans. Yates is expected to start Sunday's game against the Browns and it isn't clear whether Delhomme will be listed as the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback on Sunday.
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