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Yates checks out physically, but Delhomme will remain in the game

Houston's T.J. Yates looks for a receiver against the Colts during an NFL football game in Indianapolis

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates rolls out looking for a receiver against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Indianapolis December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates left Sunday’s game for the locker room early with an undisclosed injury.

He returned to the sideline quickly and is available to return to the game, but Texans coach Gary Kubiak will keep backup Jake Delhomme in the game.

It’s [Coach] Kubiak’s decision to play Jake. Yates has physically checked out, but Jake is playing,” a Texans spokesman said in a statement to PFT.

Yates could re-enter the game if necessary, but the Texans are trying to avoid that. The offense has stagnated since Yates left the game, but a big run by Ben Tate set up a field goal early in the third quarter.

The Titans and Texans are tied at 13, with Tennessee and the Jets’ playoff hopes hanging in the balance.