Season Could Be Over for Texans Rookie Back Ben Tate

One of the better young running backs in the NFL may have to take a seat for the rest of the season, as reports from the Houston Chronicle state that rookie Ben Tate may miss the season after hurting his ankle/leg on Saturday night against the Cardinals.

The Texans running back corps appears to have taken a considerable hit with rookie Ben Tate’s ankle/lower leg injury against the Cardinals. A source close to Tate said late Saturday night that his leg is “not looking good” and “could be major.” That is tough news for the young man, who quite possibly would have been the Texans’ lead back by midseason. Arian Foster has looked strong, and Steve Slaton has done it before, but Tate was expected to bring an ability to get tough yards and bust big plays that would be valuable in the Texans’ system.

The injury isn’t the worst one that the Texans could have suffered in the preseason, but boy is it high on the list. The running game will be better than last year — how could it be worse? — but most likely for it to be very good, Tate was going to have to contribute.

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