Slaton declares himself 100 percent

During a Sunday appearance on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texans running back Steve Slaton declared himself 100 percent recovered from offseason neck surgery.

The operation, described as “cervical fusion,” was designed to repair nerve damage in Slaton’s neck.  Texans coach Gary Kubiak believed that the nerve problems may have contributed to Slaton’s frequent fumbling last season.  
The former West Virginia Mountaineer fumbled seven times in 11 games (10 starts) after doing so just three times in 16 games (15 starts) as a rookie.
Slaton also revealed that he’s shed 15 pounds, getting down to 200.  The new weight is closer to where Slaton played in college and in his first pro season.
From 2008 to 2009, Slaton’s numbers dropped across the board.  His yards-per-carry average fell from 4.8 to a sluggish 3.3.  He wound up with six fewer rushing touchdowns and 845 fewer rushing yards.  In November, Slaton’s fumbles cost him his starting job, with Kubiak implementing a rotation at running back.
While his professed health sounds promising, the Texans’ use of the 58th overall pick on Ben Tate last month indicates that they’re not counting on Slaton to be a feature back any longer.
In all likelihood, Slaton will compete with Tate and 2009 late-season star Arian Foster to be the team’s third-down back.  Slaton will have to improve his proficiency in pass protection to win the job.

21 responses to “Slaton declares himself 100 percent

  1. Kubiak can’t decide if the Texans are a passing team or a running team. Slaton’s health may provide the answer. Certainly, they are easier to defend when he is not healthy. The AFC South is year in and year out the league’s toughest division.

  2. “Slayton is 100% ready”…….
    To be put on IR and cut from the team.

  3. QB or not QB: I would say MAYBE a few years ago, the AFC south was possibly the toughest division. That was before the Texans were good, and when the Colts, Titans, and Jags were playing well. But no way is the AFC south the best division. Texans haven’t made the playoffs ever, the Jags have been a mess for 3+ years now, and you can’t count on the Titans and VY to be good. Not to mention the Colts are soon to be on their way out when Peyton finally loses it.

  4. This is sort of a negative article about a former Mountaineer. You better update your resume, Evan.

  5. I always thought it was so cool that Ronnie Dio flashed the Hook ’em Horns sign on stage every time he performed. Great loss to metal.

  6. QB or not QB says:
    May 16, 2010 6:39 PM
    Kubiak can’t decide if the Texans are a passing team or a running team. Slaton’s health may provide the answer. Certainly, they are easier to defend when he is not healthy. The AFC South is year in and year out the league’s toughest division.
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    WTF?? I only recall one team being a wild card in the afc from the afc south once in a very very long time. And that was the Colts a couple years ago after Tennessee racked up a 14-2 record. In which they were manhandeled by my ravens. How is this the leagues toughest division?? withthe afc north, afc east, and nfc east…..all with 3 playoff teams in each how can you say that division is the strongest?? The jags, titans, colts and texans?? I mean really…just because they all didnt have a losing season doesnt mean they are the toughest a$$wipe!!!!

  7. I dont want this guy anywhere near my fantasy team. I remember grinning in all my leagues as people would draft him late in the first round. He is too small to be a primary ball carrier in the league. Injury free this year wont change that. If you are going to be small you better have Barry Sanders/Chris Johnson type speed to have a meaningful career

  8. The AFC South IS the toughest division in the NFL.
    Here’s a challenge to those of you who think otherwise: try naming one division that’s tougher.

  9. The operation, described as “cervical fusion,” was designed to repair nerve damage in Slaton’s neck.
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    Wait, they did what to his cervix?

  10. backuppunter says:
    May 16, 2010 11:42 PM
    the chiefs are 100% talent free, so are the texans.
    You’re an idiot!!! Have you not heard of Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson & Owen Daniels? The Texans’ offense is unstoppable!!! When the Texans get Slaton back to old form and with the addition of Ben Tate, they will be even more lethal. All we needed was a kicker and we got it…. Neil Rackers baby!!!!!

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