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Texans fans confronted Matt Schaub; police deny report (updated)

The Texans season has been a trying one for Matt Schaub. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Updated with NFL confirmation at 11:27 a.m., Houston police denial at 12:58 p.m.

Disgruntled Houston Texans fans reportedly turned up at the home of quarterback Matt Schaub on Monday afternoon to express their displeasure with his play, a report that Houston police have denied.

“A fan went to his house and told him off,” an unnamed law-enforcement source told CBS Houston’s “Fred and Ted Show” on Tuesday night. Another fan, the source said, took photos of his family.

Houston police, via Twitter, said they were “not called to the home,” but added that “a family member reported seeing a suspicious male in the driveway of the residence taking pictures.”

The CBS source said that Schaub and his family were fine and that the fans left before police, contacted by NFL Security at the Texans’ request, could arrive.

“This is a little unusual in that we don’t normally have fans acting in this way, going to a players residence that sort of thing,” Jeff Miller, the NFL’s vice-president of security, told Gregg Rosenthal of “In this case, Monday afternoon, a vehicle pulled into his driveway, an unidentified individual yelled obscenities. The police department is involved. We’ve been in contact with them as we normally would for anything like this. And because it’s a team issue, they have a security director, we work with them.

“In this case, they’ll be working closely with the police department. But it’s going to be investigated and handled seriously by Houston Police Department.”

ESPN also reported that NFL security was looking into the matter.

Schaub has struggled this season and has the unfortunate distinction of having thrown a pick-six interception in four consecutive games. Coach Gary Kubiak held a team meeting this morning and, on Tuesday, it was clear that he was considering a change at QB. T.J. Yates is the backup.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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