Inside The Bills

RB Tate not expected to go Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2012 – 5:13 pm

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster was on pace earlier this season for close to 440 carries, too high for a back in this day in age in the NFL. They’ve since cut back on his carries, but the guy that’s supposed to take a load of of Foster’s shoulders is dinged up again.

Backup Ben Tate is a talented back, but can’t seem to stay healthy. He missed time earlier this season with a toe injury and now has a hamstring injury that could keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Bills.

“My biggest level of concern with (RB Ben) Tate is just keeping him on the field,” said Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak. “It seems like it’s been one thing after another. If it’s not the toe, the hamstring. This has been going on for a few years. We need him. He’s very important to getting (RB) Arian (Foster) rest, our success as a football team, but yet he’s really struggled to stay on the field. There’s nothing he can do about it. He’s got another hamstring that we’re going to have to monitor and bring him along the right way. He’s going to miss some time here, so you’re not going to see him back all of the sudden in the next day or two. I think he’s going to miss a little time. He’s been working as hard as he can work.”

Houston’s third-string back is Justin Forsett, formerly of the Seahawks.

“I’ll say this and I have a lot of confidence in (RB) Justin (Forsett) so I’m going to go play (RB) Arian (Foster) and Justin just like I would Arian and (RB) Ben (Tate),” said Kubiak. “I’m not going to do anything different right now, but now you’re going from three-deep to two-deep so it’s a concern as we move forward. How much time Ben misses to sit here and have two active running backs on your team with a nine week stretch coming up here, it’s something we have to really take a hard look at.”

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