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Texans Clean Out Lockers

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0  Updated at 12:39 am, January 17th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Texans had a season to remember in 2011. 

They got into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and then won that game.  But in the next round, they couldn’t find a way to score against a tough Ravens’ defense and headed into a long off-season.

They suffered a tough break when quarterback Matt Schaub went out with a month and a half to go in the regular season with an injury.  Then back-up quarterback T.J. Yates came in and found a way to get them into the playoffs by winning the division.

“It was a wild season, those first ten weeks I didn’t have a jersey on,” said Yates from his locker on Monday.  “I’ve got a lot to be proud of this season and a lot to learn from so I can move forward in my career.”

With the return of Schaub next year, head coach Gary Kubiak knows he has a solid back-up ready in Yates.  But Kubiak isn’t looking towards next year just yet.

“I don’t think in all my years in this business, this day comes no matter what, whether you win a championship or don’t, you’ve got to check players out for the season,” said Kubiak.  “I’ve never been around a group of guys that talk more positive about each other and how good a locker room we had.”

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