By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Ware could miss a game for the first time in his eight-year career.
DeMarco Murray isn't saying.
The star pass rusher and starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys both were injured in Sunday's 31-16 win over Washington.
Ware went out in the first quarter with a strained right quadriceps muscle. Murray exited in the second quarter with an MCL sprain in his left knee.
Their health is likely to go a long way toward determining whether the Cowboys end a three-year playoff drought.
It won't help that the first game after the injuries is Sunday in Philadelphia. The Cowboys and Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead at 3-3.
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By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans had Super Bowl aspirations entering the season.
Now, the year has quickly soured. They have lost four in a row and the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs await.
Houston's biggest problem has been turnovers. The Texans have lost 12 more than their opponents, second most in the NFL.
And the status of quarterback Matt Schaub — battered by criticism — is unclear because of an injury. Coach Gary Kubiak says Schaub is "beat up on the leg, ankle — everywhere," and that he'll know more about him late this week.
He says he'll prepare both T.J. Yates and Case Keenum this week in case Schaub can't play.
Also injured in Sunday's loss to St. Louis was safety Danieal Manning, who Kubiak says has a "significant knee injury."
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed linebacker Cameron Lawrence off their practice squad.
The Cowboys had a roster spot for Friday's move after releasing veteran safety Will Allen earlier in the week.
Lawrence signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State this year. He was second on the team in tackles in the preseason with 16.
Starting linebacker Justin Durant is questionable for Sunday night's game against Washington with a groin injury. He practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday.
Running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring) and defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) will not play against the Redskins. Broadcast coverage begins at 630pm Sunday on 1200 WOAI.
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By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak says Matt Schaub will start on Sunday against St. Louis, but added that staying with the beleaguered quarterback was a "tough decision."
Schaub has had a terrible three weeks. He has thrown six interceptions — three of them returned for touchdowns — and the Texans have dropped three straight.
Kubiak said Monday that Schaub remained the starter, but added that he would evaluate the quarterback situation this week. After two days of deliberating, he decided that starting Schaub was the "best thing for our football team this weekend."
Kubiak also said that tight end Owen Daniels has a broken leg and is out indefinitely.
ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
Gore is in good spirits again, and so are the 49ers (2-2) entering Sunday night's game against theHouston Texans (2-2) at Candlestick Park. Gore gashed St. Louis for 153 yards on 20 carries in San Francisco's 35-11 rout of the Rams last week to snap a two-game losing skid and a rare running funk.
Gore says the 49ers "got back to being us."
Perhaps no player has contributed to San Francisco's success more than Gore the past three seasons. Since 2011, San Francisco is 9-0 when Gore runs for at least 100 yards.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin is on the verge of missing a second straight game because of a hamstring injury.
Austin was listed as doubtful Friday after not participating in practice all week leading into Sunday's game against Denver.
Linebacker Justin Durant and backup defensive end Edgar Jones were listed as doubtful with groin injuries. Durant was out of practice all week, and Jones sat out the final two days after limited participation on Wednesday.
Hamstring problems have slowed Austin throughout his career. He made it through all of training camp and the first two games healthy before injuring the hamstring against St. Louis.
Receiver Dwayne Harris (hip) and defensive end George Selvie (concussion) are questionable against the Broncos.
KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Schaub has had a tough week.
It has nothing to do with fans calling for the benching of the Houston quarterback and burning his jerseys. He has learned to tune out that kind of negativity.
But he's unhappy with his performance last week and can't wait to get back on the field against the 49ers on Sunday to help erase memories of that game and get the Texans back on track.
He says the most difficult part of having a bad game in the NFL is waiting an entire week to have a chance for redemption.
Coach Gary Kubiak says that Schaub is doing a lot of good things, but that it's imperative that he find a way to limit his mistakes.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans know their offense has to improve after scoring just nine points in their first loss of the season last week.
The unit has plenty of problems, but perhaps the biggest one is the recent play of quarterback Matt Schaub. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was blunt when asked about Schaub saying: "He's got to get better."
Schaub has thrown four interceptions this season and two of those have been returned for touchdowns. Dennison couldn't put his finger on exactly why Schaub, who had 12 interceptions last season, has been so mistake-prone this year.
He says Schaub has "made bad decisions" and they have to figure out how he can limit those mistakes.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Jason Hatcher isn't sure if he should be called a vocal leader for the Dallas Cowboys. The defensive tackle's words and actions say he should.
The eighth-year pro was a steady substitute his first five years with the Cowboys before getting his break when Rob Ryan came in as defensive coordinator two years ago.
The 31-year-old has now started 25 straight games, and he's making more plays in a new scheme under Ryan's replacement, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.
With three sacks this season, he's just one behind star pass rusher and new franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware heading into Sunday's game at San Diego.
He says he's not worried about his future as he plays the final year of his contract.