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Texans-Chiefs Final Score: Houston Can't Overcome Injuries In 17-16 Loss

The Houston Texans fought valiantly, but injuries to key players mounted and the Chiefs squeaked out a 17-16 win to drop the Texans to 2-5 on the 2013 NFL season.

Peter Aiken

The biggest story coming out of the Houston Texans 17-16 loss to Kansas City will be inside linebacker Brian Cushing's knee and how serious that damage is. I am not a doctor, but the way he was writhing in pain leads me to believe he may be done for the season.

The second biggest story will be how banged up are Arian Foster and Duane Brown, who both left the game with injuries. Foster, in the first quarter, had a bad hamstring flare up. Brown left the game late in the fourth quarter. With the bye, both men should have ample time to get healthy, but this is indicative of what kind of season it has been for the Texans.

Case Keenum started off like a man on fire. He hit DeAndre Hopkins for a 29-yard touchdown early and had six passes result in 25-plus yards. However, the Chiefs could blitz to their heart's content and rattle the young signal caller when Ben Tate got banged up. Keenum ended up taking five sacks, including a game-ending sack-strip, fumble, blemishing a strong 271-yard performance.

At 2-5, it's not looking great for the Texans. It will be interesting to see if Houston comes out of the bye starting Matt Schaub or giving Keenum the keys to the car for the rest of the season. With a lost season, Keenum probably should be the way to go. What does Gary Kubiak have to lose, right? 

Sound off in the comments below. The Texans are on the bye next week before meeting the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. The gifts keep on coming this season.

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