The Houston Texans are fading fast and falling hard after All-Pro running back Arian Foster aggravated a back injury and will undergo surgerythis week, and he’ll miss the rest of the 2013 season with his back injury. Foster touched the ball more than any other NFL back from 2010 through 2012, and that may finally be catching up to him since he’s forced to miss the remainder of the season.
He’s rushed for 542 yards and a 4.5-yard average per carry this year to go with two scores (1 receiving and 1 rushing), so there is a good amount of production to be made up for.
With him out, Ben Tate has assumed the primary role, but only rushed 15 times for 56 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Tate is dealing with four cracked ribs, but isn’t having the impact season generally expected from a player in a contract year.
On the year, Tate has 103 carries for 455 yards and one touchdown, and should be viewed as a RB 2 going forward in Houston pass-focused offense. Tate has shown he’s good enough as a receiver out of the backfield to still put up good numbers even without 20+ carries per game.