Former Texas Longhorns Chris Ogbonnaya Promoted to Houston Texans Active Roster

According to’s John McClain the Houston Texans promoted former Texas Longhorn’s running back Chris Ogbonnaya from the practice squad to the active roster.

The Houston Texans cut former 1000 yard rusher Steve Slaton after a dismal four carry performance agasint the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in relief of injured Ben Tate. Slaton who rushed for 1282 during his rookie season of 2008 could end up getting a look from the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs who lost star running back and another former Texas Longhorns’ running back Jamal Charles for the rest of the season are in desperate need of some help in the offensive back field.  

The Texans had to cut Slaton in order to make room for Ogbonnaya, who will likely be fourth on the depth chart behind Arian Foster, Ben Tate, and Derrick Ward. Ogbonnaya was a 7th round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and was later signed to the Houston Texans practice squad on September 5, 2010.

This season Ogbonnaya had been waived at the end of the preseason after leading the Houston Texans during the preseason 222 yards rushing. Ogbonnaya cleared waivers and was once again signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.

Ogbonnaya showed potential during the preseason and could provide a nice change of pace if and when called upon by the Texans coaching staff. With Ben Tate’s recent injury, Arian Foster’s nagging hamstring issues, and Derrick Ward’s injury issues Ogbonnaya’s time could come sooner rather than later.  

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