Jeff Garcia Texans Deal Brings QB Insurance

Jeff Garcia Texans – Jeff Garcia has signed with The Houston Texans to bring extra quarterback insurance after losing their first-string and backup to injuries.

The decision comes after T.J. Yates started Houston’s 17-10 win against the Atlanta Falcons after backup Matt Leinart fractured his collarbone — and that was two weeks after starter Matt Schaub broke a bone in his right foot.

Jake Delhomme, another quarterback on the roster, and Garcia tried out at the same time for the Texans’ backup job.

“I almost signed them both a week ago,” coach Gary Kubiak said on the team’s website. “It’s just nice to be able to work with both of them so we know we’ve got a little bit of a comfort zone there.”

The Texans are at 9-3 and doing well in their division with six straight wins in the NFL. They hold first place in the four-team American Football Conference South division. They’re chasing their first playoff spot since joining the National Football League in 2002.

Garcia, 41, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and has played for Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp when he was with the San Francisco 49ers from 1999-03.

Garcia hasn’t been in the NFL since he played with the Philadelphia Eagles for two weeks in 2009.

Garcia is the oldest player in the NFL after 43-year-old punter Matt Turk, now his teammate, and 42-year-old New Orleans Saints kicker John Kasay.

The Texans signed Turk, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars after five games this season, after rookie Brett Hartmann was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 6.