Ben Tate RB HOU 12 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 18 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.
Ben Tate RB HOU 26 Days
Ben Tate (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, as expected.
Tate's ribs should be getting close to 100 percent as he's nearly a month removed from the injury. With Arian Foster out for the year, he has a monster opportunity in a contract year. The Texans are favored by 10 points over the Raiders, suggesting Tate will get plenty of work. The inactives: TE Ryan Griffin, CB Elbert Mack, QB T.J. Yates, CB Kareem Jackson, LB Joe Mays, LB Mike Mohamed and G Cody White.
Ben Tate RB HOU 30 Days
Ben Tate (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Tate is going to be limited each and every day until his ribs heal up, which could take a while since he's playing through it on Sundays. He'll see plenty of touches this week against the Raiders and is squarely in the RB2 mix.
Ben Tate RB HOU 1 Month
Ben Tate said it's getting easier to play with his four broken ribs.
Tate hasn't missed any time at all since sustaining the injury, rushing 37 times 137 yards (3.70 YPC) over the last two weeks. He said he's learning how to play through the pain. "It's easier," Tate said. "I felt like I could move a little better, catch better and have a little more wiggle. Hopefully, it's getting better and better." With Arian Foster (back) done for the year, the Texans will continue to ride Tate hard. He's a candidate for 15-20 touches against the Raiders Sunday.
Ben Tate RB HOU 1 Month
Ben Tate rushed 15 times for 56 yards and caught three passes for eight yards in the Texans' Week 10 loss to Arizona.
It may seem silly based on Tate's box-score stats, but he actually looked quite a bit better than he did in last week's loss to Indianapolis. Tate ran with more purpose and didn't shy away from contact as much. The Texans face the Raiders in Week 11. Oakland is playing tough run defense and Tate still isn't 100 percent, so he's going to be a flex option only in that matchup.