Uphill Battle for Houston Texans’ Offense as Backfield Injuries Pile Up
A strange feeling sunk in as the Houston Texans only dressed two running backs for a visit to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. The lack of depth in the backfield was felt as Arian Foster tweaked his hamstring and left the game early, leaving the weight of the running game on the back of RB Ben Tate.
Many were left scratching their heads wondering why third-stringer Cierre Wood was a surprise game-time scratch. We learned Monday that he was busted for a team violation at the team hotel Saturday night which was reported to be the rookie smoking weed in the team hotel with two other players.
Wood was cut Monday, leaving the team with two running backs, one with a hamstring injury to which the severity is still unknown (Foster) and Tate, who announced that he has four broken ribs suffered in the Kansas City game.
The Houston Texans have a solid rushing attack, averaging just over 127 yards per game on the ground. The offense clicks into place when the ground game is working like a well oiled machine, and the injury report after the Kansas City loss only leaves questions.
Will Foster and Tate manage to get healthy during the bye week, with a full two weeks to recuperate before Houston matches up against the Indianapolis Colts at home? Or will nagging injuries rear their ugly heads in the upcoming matchup?
After the release of Wood, the Texans are forced to sign a third running back off the scrap heap. Houston GM Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak will have to work wonders to reel in a back that can play a role in the offense — it’s likely a necessity given the current health status of Foster and Tate.
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