The injury-riddled Houston Texans
added to their quarterback depth Tuesday, reaching a deal with Jake Delhomme
Delhomme worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, along with another retired quarterback, Jeff Garcia
. The 36-year-old Delhomme will back up rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick slated to start Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Rick Smith, Delhomme's agent, said in a phone interview Tuesday that his client has been staying in shape and raising racehorses in Louisiana since he was cut by Cleveland in July.
"He relishes that role, and he's looking forward to contributing to the team," Smith said in a phone interview. "He keeps himself in shape, he's been throwing a bunch."
The Texans are dangerously thin at the position in the wake of season-ending injuries to Matt Schaub
and Matt Leinart
Houston signed Kellen Clemens
last week after learning that Schaub will need season-ending surgery on his right foot. Leinart broke his left collarbone in Sunday's 20-13 win over Jacksonville.
Yates replaced Leinart late in the first half, and went 8 for 15 for 70 yards in his first NFL action. Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Leinart was out for the year and said Yates would start against the Falcons.
Smith didn't know if Delhomme would be No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart this week. But Smith said Delhomme would only consider playing for a handful of teams if he ever came back, and Houston was one of them.