It’s time to check out on a couple of other injuries that players on the Houston Texans are suffering leading into Monday Night’s game against the New England Patriots.
Arian Foster has two solid backup running backs to help him mow down defenses in Ben Tate and Justin Forsett, but Tate has been injured recently and only played on special teams during his return to the team last week. He is currently listed on the injury report as probable with a hamstring injury, and Tate was also able to put in a full practice yesterday.
The 24-year-old Auburn product has averaged a decent 4.3 yards per carry this season, but injuries have prevented him from coming anywhere near his performance last year (942 rushing yards, a terrific 5.4 YPC). Another thing stopping him from getting more carries? Justin Forsett, who has re-emerged on the scene for Houston. Tate will get his eventually, but the Texans will likely continue to ease him into the usual change-of-pace role that he holds behind Foster.
Star cornerback Jonathan Joseph is adamant that he will play on Monday, and he is listed probable. However, the more uncertain injury is that of sub-package CB Alan Ball, who is listed questionable with a foot injury. He wasn’t even able to practice yesterday, and the health of Joseph means that, even if he does play, Ball won’t be playing much.
The former Dallas Cowboy isn’t exactly a good player, and the fact that he received significant playing time with Joseph out made the impact of losing the star corner even worse for the Texans. The Texans already have Stanford Routt in the fold after signing him to be the slot receiver, and Brandon Harris is a better corner than Ball. At this point in time, the Texans can definitely afford to rest him up.
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