Texans May Bench RB Slaton and Give the Carries to Moats

Last week in Buffalo Steve Slaton got just one carry, and turned it into a fumble and never saw the ball again for the Texans. Instead, the team turned to Ryan Moats, who came in and rushed for a franchise record three touchdowns in the teams 31-10 win.

Now coach Gary Kubiak is faced with a decision to bench Slaton or not, and Fox Sports reports that it looks like Moats could get a chance to carry the load for Houston.

Steve Slaton became a key to Houston’s offense as a rookie last year when he ran for a franchise-record 1,282 yards. This season he’s tied for the NFL lead in lost fumbles with five and his job as a starter is in jeopardy after Ryan Moats had a huge day filling in for him. Moats, a career backup, ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns after Slaton was benched in the first quarter of Houston’s 31-10 win over the Bills. “They know they’re all going to play and they know they’re all going to be a part of what we’re doing, so I just think we keep working them,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, Ryan earned some time on the football field the way he played. But we’ve got to get all three of them ready to play.”

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