Who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals (4-5), remains a mystery.
The Cardinals want Drew Stanton (knee) to be "totally healthy" before making a return, but he was well enough to be Gabbert's backup in Week 11, so it's not clear what that means. "At that point in the game, in retrospect, we should have punted".
Free agent running back Chris Johnson was released by the Cardinals back in October after the team traded for Adrian Peterson.
He enjoyed a strong rookie campaign, hauling in 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns. While Gabbert's continued play could help the Cardinals evaluate whether he could be an option in the future, Arians said Monday that he already has a sense of what Gabbert can do.
"It's obvious. I thought we'd make it", Arians said when asked why go for it. Texans running back D'Onta Foreman scored on a 34-yard touchdown run on the next play.
Until the final two drives for the Cardinals, Blaine Gabbert was actually fairly efficient, and while he didn't attempt a single pass of over 19 yards in the air, he did have nine completions of throws between 10 and 19 yards. Throughout his three-year tenure in Jacksonville, he started a total of 27 games, but when Caldwell took over the team chose to part ways with Gabbert, who had a less than memorable run with the team.
Gabbert, 28, was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by then general manager Gene Smith. "I trusted Adrian, and we just turned too many guys loose up the middle".