For a good portion of the regular season, after Arian Foster went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, Polk looked like the top backup who was threatening lead back Alfred Blue. But he eventually lost playing time to Jonathan Grimes and will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He had a career-high 99 carries for 334 yards (3.4 ypa) and caught 16 passes for 109 yards. The
Polk and Jonathan Grimes each shared top backup status behind Alfred Blue at various points during the season, but it's Grimes (two touchdowns against the Jaguars) who has the upper hand heading into the first round of the playoffs, when Houston hosts Kansas City. Polk will remain part of a three-back committee, but his usage is subject to other factors.
Chris Polk (knee) rushed 11 times for 38 yards, but was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's win in Tennessee.
Polk split carries with Alfred Blue (back), seeing 11 total touches to Blue's 16. Neither was able to distinguish themselves as both failed to break the 4.0 yard-per-carry mark, so expect a similar distribution in next week's season finale against the Jaguars.
Chris Polk (knee) rushed four times for six yards Sunday against the Colts.
Polk started last weekend's game against the Patriots, but Alfred Blue took over the backfield Sunday, rushing 20 times for 107 yards. Blue was limited to special teams duty against the Pats but his return to health pushed him back to the top of the depth chart, where he'll likely be in Week 16 against the Titans, which obviously limits Polk's fantasy upside.
Polk replaced teammate Alfred Blue, who was relegated to only special teams work, after previously serving as the Texans' primary replacement for Arian Foster (Achilles). In his starting role, Polk totaled 34 rushing yards on 11 carries, but Jonathan Grimes led the Texans with 53 yards on seven carries. In a committee-based, underwhelming rushing attack, Polk's starting role could certainly change, but it's worth noting he was Houston's first-choice at running back in Week 14.
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