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Texans place Ben Tate on injured reserve

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We’ve reached that point in the season when it no longer makes sense for teams that are out of the playoffs to wait around for injured players or expose them to further injury in hopes of squeezing out another win.

The Texans are such a team and they made the call to shut down running back Ben Tate on Wednesday. The team announced that he has been placed on injured reserve because of a rib injury that’s bothered him for several weeks. Tate cracked four ribs in Week Eight and has since cracked a fifth, which led to the decision to sit him for the rest of the year.

Tate has 771 yards on 181 carries and has scored four touchdowns this year. He’s set to become a free agent after the season, so last Sunday’s game against the Colts may turn out to be his final game as a member of the Texans.

Dennis Johnson will likely get the start against the Broncos this week with Deji Karim in reserve.

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6 Responses to “Texans place Ben Tate on injured reserve”
  1. joemammy says: Dec 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    Ben Tate’s next start will be in the offensive backfield of the Cleveland Browns.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:56 PM

    Cracked ribs only hurt when you laugh or when 250lb linebackers hammer you to the ground.

    I had 4 broken ribs at one point and it sucked just sitting around at home or in front of a computer at work. Can’t imagine how painful that is when you have NFL level defensive players slamming into you. OUCH !

  3. jgedgar70 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    I hope he gets a starting job somewhere. WAR EAGLE!!!

  4. irootforthecardinals says: Dec 18, 2013 3:04 PM

    ^^^^Please, take him. Good teams build through the draft and hold onto their players.

  5. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 18, 2013 3:13 PM

    Beat himself into the ground trying to get FA stats. He’ll be a good player for someone. NE, NYG, NYJ, Clev,

  6. raqaiw says: Dec 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    This headline could easily say “Texans place season on IR.”

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