Ben Tate RB HOU 10 Hrs
Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) is active for Week 14 against the Jaguars.
Tate didn't get in a single full practice, but the Texans were just managing his reps on a short week. Tate got erased by the Jags in Week 12, gaining all of one yard on seven carries, but is a legit RB2 against one of the league's softest run defenses. Inactive for the Texans are QB T.J. Yates, OG Alex Kupper, OT Andrew Gardner, OG Cody White, LB Ricky Sapp, DE Tim Jamison and S Jawanza Starling.
Ben Tate RB HOU 1 Day
Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday night's Week 14 game against the Jaguars.
Tate got in back-to-back limited practices after sitting out Monday's walkthrough. The Jaguars have been playing stout defense for the past month or so, leaving Tate as a mid-to-high RB2 for Week 14.
Ben Tate RB HOU 5 Days
Ben Tate came back to life in Houston's Week 13 loss to the Patriots, rushing 22 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
Tate wasn't targeted in the passing game, but more than erased the memory of last week's benching, tripling his 2013 touchdown total. Tate churned out powerful yards, and fit himself through small holes. Dennis Johnson touched the ball only three times. It makes the duo's Week 12 usage all the more odd, but there's no question Tate is still the lead dog. That being said, it was the Jags who held Tate to one yard on seven carries in Week 12, and it's the Jags whom he'll get on a short week on Thursday Night Football. Tate will be a mid-range RB2 for Week 14.
Ben Tate RB HOU 10 Days
Coach Gary Kubiak said he'll continue to rely on Ben Tate as the Texans' No. 1 running back.
Tate rushed seven times for a pitiful one yard against the Jaguars on Sunday, while Dennis Johnson carried it 13 times for 74 yards. "There were a couple of times where there really wasn't any room for (Tate). I don't know if he ever got in a rhythm with what he's doing," Kubiak said. "We know what he's battling through. He's not practicing during the week; he's just playing on Sundays. So I know that's tough from that standpoint. I think Ben will bounce back." Look for the two backs to split the load a bit more down the stretch, with Tate remaining the starter. Tate won't be anything more than a flex play in Week 13.