Sunday was a great reminder why rushing success can be fleeting.
Jamaal Charles tore his ACL against the Lions. Last year’s rushing champ Arian Foster clearly isn’t 100% yet, and it may not even matter that much for the Texans.
Ben Tate rushed for 82 yards on 19 carries in the second half to top 100 yards for a second straight week. Foster didn’t have his usual burst in the first half, and then had to leave the game at halftime.
“I pulled myself out because I felt it getting a little tight,” Foster said.
It sounds like Tate is going to have a big role for this team a while, even if Foster gets healthy later.
“He’s growing up before our eyes,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to watch a good player become a pro.”
The Texans may want to consider sitting Foster until he’s truly healthy again. It seems like they won’t really lose that much by going to Tate.
That’s just how things tend to go at running back.