Texans' GM on Favre: No means no

When Matt Schaub was lost for the season just before their bye week, the Houston Texans quickly shot down any talk of Brett Favre coming out of retirement to play for them.

Now that backup Matt Leinart is likely out for the year with a broken collarbone, Texans general manager Rick Smith is again resisting the temptation to pursue Favre, saying, "I don't want to bring the circus to town" to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

Smith is right in that regard, that if Favre decided to come back, it would defnitely be a circus atmosphere, and probably not something that would necessarily be healthy for a Texans team that is still learning to win and is currently in line for its first-ever playoff berth in leading the AFC South.

The Texans will roll with rookie T.J. Yates as the starter for now, and they signed Kellen Clemens last week when they put Schaub on IR. Now, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle speculates that former Kansas City Chief Brodie Croyle might be next to receive a phone call from the Texans.

As green as Yates is, the Texans probably need to do everything in their power to keep him healthier than their last two quarterbacks because no matter how much talent is around, the track records of Clemens and Croyle (if signed) don't exactly lead anyone to believe that a deep playoff run would be in the cards if they have to go under center.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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