National Football League
                === Texans' Keenum has sprained right thumb ===
 Houston,  TX (  -  Houston Texans  interim  head coach  Wade
 Phillips  confirmed  Monday that starting  quarterback Case Keenum sustained a
 sprained right thumb during Sunday's 25-3 loss in Indianapolis.
 The  right-handed Keenum underwent an MRI Monday to determine the significance
 of the injury.
 "We'll  see  what they say from  the MRI and see  what the doctors say and see
 what  he's able  to do," Phillips said  when asked of Keenum's status for Week
 16.  "It's certainly  a concern on the quarterback when it's (his) right hand,
 thumb.  But  we'll just have  to wait and  see what he  can do on Wednesday in
 The 25-year-old signal-caller completed 18-of-34 passes for 168 yards with two
 interceptions against the Colts, who handed Houston its 12th straight setback.
 Starting  running  back  Ben  Tate  also  got  banged  up  in  Sunday's  loss,
 aggravating a rib injury that caused him to go in for a CT scan Monday.
 "Well,  I  mean, I  don't know  right now. It's  hard for  me to answer that,"
 Phillips  said when asked  if Tate will play this week. "The CT scan will tell
 us more on Tate."
 The  Texans, who  fired head coach Gary  Kubiak last week, will take on Denver
 Sunday before wrapping up their season at Tennessee on Dec. 29.
 12/16 17:36:06 ET