Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
Ben Tate suffered a nasty ankle injury during the Texans Saturday, and there were rumors late in the evening that the injury could force Tate, the highest running back ever taken by the franchise, to miss his entire rookie year.
According to the Texans' website, Tate will indeed have surgery, and it could happen as early as Tuesday.
Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he would know more details relating to Tate's injury come Monday, but he called it "very significant."
It certainly sounds like Tate could miss all of 2010, and that, as mentioned last night, is highly problematic for a Texans team that really wanted to establish a better running game in the coming year.
Steve Slaton and Arian Foster can still provide some punch, but Tate was believed to be "the guy" who could really take the Texans' offense to another level. If his injury is as serious as it sounds, clearly, he won't be, at least this year.
Update (6:26): Nightmare for the Texans, if the Houston Chronicle 's report is correct, because Tate is headed to injured reserve, and will miss the entire season.
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Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm
Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
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Posted on: August 3, 2010 8:20 pm
Two years ago, Texans running back Steve Slaton took the NFL by storm. The diminutive West Virginia Mountaineer rushed for 1,282 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a third-round rookie. Quickness and ability to accelerate downhill made Slaton an ideal fit operating behind Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme.
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:02 pm
Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle has a quick write-up about the Houston Texans’ outlook for 2010. Justice touches on the team’s depth at running back.
Steve Slaton is back to the weight he played at during his rookie season. Arian Foster has made a believer of coaches that were once skeptical he could help. And, finally, rookie Ben Tate is a nice combination of power and speed. The Texans have never had this kind of depth at running back. Kubiak gave up on running the ball at halftime of the fifth game, and the Texans won three in a row and got back to respectable. But he wants to run the ball and is still committed to it. He believes it saves a defense and the quarterback.
Slaton’s weight isn’t the issue, though. The issue is his decisiveness as a runner. Houston’s zone-blocking scheme calls for runners to make one cut and go. Slaton was, for whatever reason, hesitant – and perhaps even timid – in 2009. He spent the offseason recovering from neck surgery. Will that help or hinder his aggressiveness?
The Texans aren’t banking on Slaton – they spent a second-round pick on Auburn’s Ben Tate. And Arian Foster has indeed impressed. Foster doesn’t flash star potential (he’s a bit stiff and methodical), but his downhill running style is a great fit for the scheme.
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