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Texans waive Steve Slaton

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Steve Slaton finished sixth in the NFL in rushing yards during his rookie season in 2008.

Just three seasons later, the Texans decided to let him go.

The Texans announced that Slaton has been waived in favor of Chris Ogbannaya, who was promoted to the active roster. Slaton hasn’t been the same since a neck injury and always seemed better suited to a third-down role.  He had 20 yards on seven carries.

(Slaton’s decision to wear gloves in his helmet this year as seen in the picture didn’t help.)

Ogbonnaya’s promotion could be one solution to the team’s red zone woes.

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22 Responses to “Texans waive Steve Slaton”
  1. rc33 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:36 PM

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a harder worker (or a better kid) than Ogbannaya.

  2. pcasten says: Sep 27, 2011 4:37 PM

    hahaha, that comment at the end was damn funny!

  3. forthand26 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:41 PM

    He’ll get picked up. There are several teams with RB woes and without the luxury of a Foster/Tate combo.

  4. deepseabreeze says: Sep 27, 2011 4:41 PM

    running back shelf life: 3 years

  5. jacunn2000 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:42 PM

    So what will the Texans do when they have to waive Ogbannaya because of Kubiaks red zone play calling?? I thought these guy’s had a descent WR on their team they could go to?? Johnson something??

  6. gtorlone says: Sep 27, 2011 4:45 PM

    Remember that guy that led the AFC in yards from scrimmage in 2008? Neither do the Texans.

  7. jabroni1 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:48 PM

    Perhaps the glove was telling him. “Exit stage left.”

  8. quannumkid says: Sep 27, 2011 4:48 PM

    Seemed to me that he and Kubiak just did not get along. If he’s corrected his fumbling problems Slaton could be a good fit in a few places.

  9. buckybadger says: Sep 27, 2011 4:49 PM

    I think he can still catch on somewhere. Not a lot of wear on his tires yet. Just too much of the same there at Texas. Just not needed there. Just off the top of my head why wouldn’t the Jets work him out? Shoen “Ruined me again this year in fantasy” Green is just not fast enough. No burst through the whole. Only ruined 2 of my 7 leagues this year.

  10. texanfan4life says: Sep 27, 2011 4:57 PM

    Thank God! Nothing against Slaton as a person…i hope he does well somewhere else..but when they put him in the game last Sunday, everytime he touched the ball I held my breath…expecting him to fumble.

    He can’t get more than a yard or two at a time, he can’t run between the tackles, he doesn’t have the speed (anymore it seems) to run off tackle plays, and he has a fumbling problem! Add all that up and you are definitely a liability and not an asset to your team.

    And I am a fan of Chris Ogbannaya so far…he looked really good in pre-season. The guy is big and strong AND he is a Texas native!

    Now i just have to get comfortable saying that last name…hopefully someone will come up with a nickname for him SOON!!

  11. staffordsyear says: Sep 27, 2011 5:09 PM

    Well for what its worth..my champion fantasy team from 08 thanks you Steve.

  12. KeepitReal says: Sep 27, 2011 5:13 PM

    Neck injury. Too bad he never made it out of his rookie contract. 2.3k and after taxes, agents and attorney fees cleared 1mil. Then you have home, car, family living expense. I bet he has less than 100k in the bank from his career and with a neck injury his career is done. This is actually how 90% of the NFL players end up financially at the end of their career. Most with less than 10 to 20k in the bank. These players have to try to hit the big contract the first opportunity it presents itself.

  13. trbowman says: Sep 27, 2011 5:16 PM

    Why’d they even keep him into the season?

  14. dkeyser says: Sep 27, 2011 5:30 PM

    Slaton fumbled 6 times while reading this story

  15. wamaha says: Sep 27, 2011 5:35 PM

    They kept him because of the Foster injury. Good sign for him. Once Derrick Ward cleans up his high ankle sprain, Chris Obi-whatever, will likely revert back to the PS.

    And if this Obi guy see’s the field, it is likely garbage time, so I don’t see him being a big help in the RZ.

  16. rando74 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:46 PM

    Hes going one of 3 places:

    1. Miami
    2. Denver
    3. NY Jets

  17. ajtexans says: Sep 27, 2011 6:08 PM

    “Ogbonnaya’s promotion could be one solution to the team’s red zone woes”

    Huh?

    OB will play behind Foster, Tate and Ward (when Ward returns)

    The solution to the team’s red zone woes is getting Foster back.

  18. duanethomas says: Sep 27, 2011 6:23 PM

    Lol….I love it!

  19. jr4real says: Sep 27, 2011 6:42 PM

    Hopefully the Steelers sign him and use his knowledge of the playbook.

  20. xxxviichamps says: Sep 27, 2011 7:22 PM

    “Hello Steve. This is Mark Dominik. How would you like to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer?”

  21. colt13 says: Sep 27, 2011 7:38 PM

    I find it ironic that with Dreesen, Daniels and Casey that their red zone offense is so bad.

    This week is a statement game for Houston.

  22. mrbigass says: Sep 27, 2011 8:14 PM

    Every week is a damn statement game for the Texans.

    As far as Slaton goes, it was just painful to watch him take the handoff and run into his linemen and fall down. Seemed like he had some real promise and it just faded away…..

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